hardcover

[hahrd-kuhv-er]

noun

a book bound in cloth, leather, or the like, over stiff material: Hardcovers are more durable than paperbacks.

adjective

bound in cloth, leather, or the like, over stiff material: a hardcover series.
noting or pertaining to hardcover books: hardcover sales.

Nearby words

  1. hardboard,
  2. hardbody,
  3. hardboot,
  4. hardbound,
  5. hardcore,
  6. hardecanute,
  7. harden,
  8. harden off,
  9. harden one's heart,
  10. harden up

Also hardback.

Compare paperback.

Origin of hardcover

First recorded in 1945–50; hard + cover

Related formshard·cov·ered, adjective

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