- a book bound in a flexible paper cover, often a lower-priced edition of a hardcover book.
- (of a book) bound in a flexible paper cover: a paperback edition of Orwell's novel.
- of, for, or pertaining to paperbacks: a paperback bookstore.
Also softcover; pa·per·bound [pey-per-bound] /ˈpeɪ pərˌbaʊnd/, softbound (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of paperback
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Examples from the Web for paper-bound
Her place of concealment was singularly well selected under the sofa-cover, and the little heaps of paper-bound volumes.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete
Carmencita's finger pointed to several backless magazines and a couple of paper-bound books on the table behind her.How It Happened
Kate Langley Bosher
At the same time, Kato Sugihara dropped the paper-bound periodical, revealing the thin-bladed knife he had concealed under it.The Mercenaries
Henry Beam Piper
The other day, prowling about a bookshop, we came upon two paper-bound copies of a little book of poems by Alice Meynell.Pipefuls
The fourth case shall be paper-bound novels, English and French editions, and Tauchnitz copies.The Private Library
Arthur L. Humphreys
- a book or edition with covers made of flexible card, sold relatively cheaplyCompare hardback
- of or denoting a paperback or publication of paperbacks
- to publish in paperback
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Word Origin and History for paper-bound
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