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hardcover

[hahrd-kuhv-er]
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noun
  1. a book bound in cloth, leather, or the like, over stiff material: Hardcovers are more durable than paperbacks.
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adjective
  1. bound in cloth, leather, or the like, over stiff material: a hardcover series.
  2. noting or pertaining to hardcover books: hardcover sales.
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Also hardback.
Compare paperback.

Origin of hardcover

First recorded in 1945–50; hard + cover
Related formshard·cov·ered, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

essay, album, novel, publication, dictionary, pamphlet, text, work, manual, textbook, fiction, volume, edition, magazine, booklet, brochure, writing, copy, tome, paperback

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  • This book is available in both a hardcover and paperback edition.

  • A list of all obtainable addresses of the publishers of hardcover books mentioned in the Checklist.

    Checklist

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • Solo girls with hardcover sketch books and vintage clothes home-tailored to a nice fit.