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paperback

[ pey-per-bak ]
/ ˈpeɪ pərˌbæk /
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Definition of paperback

noun
a book bound in a flexible paper cover, often a lower-priced edition of a hardcover book.
adjective
(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.

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Also softcover; pa·per·bound [pey-per-bound], /ˈpeɪ pərˌbaʊnd/, softbound (for defs. 1, 2).
Compare hardcover.

Origin of paperback

First recorded in 1895–1900; paper + back1
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British Dictionary definitions for paperback

paperback
/ (ˈpeɪpəˌbæk) /

noun
a book or edition with covers made of flexible card, sold relatively cheaplyCompare hardback
adjective Also: paperbound, soft-cover
of or denoting a paperback or publication of paperbacks
verb (tr)
to publish in paperback

Derived forms of paperback

paperbacker, noun
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