[ pey-per-bak ]
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  1. a book bound in a flexible paper cover, often a lower-priced edition of a hardcover book.

  1. (of a book) bound in a flexible paper cover: a paperback edition of Orwell's novel.

  2. of, for, or pertaining to paperbacks: a paperback bookstore.

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Origin of paperback

First recorded in 1895–1900; paper + back1
  • Also softcover; pa·per·bound [pey-per-bound], /ˈpeɪ pərˌbaʊnd/, softbound (for defs. 1, 2).

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British Dictionary definitions for paperback


/ (ˈpeɪpəˌbæk) /

  1. a book or edition with covers made of flexible card, sold relatively cheaply: Compare hardback

adjectiveAlso: paperbound, soft-cover
  1. of or denoting a paperback or publication of paperbacks

  1. to publish in paperback

Derived forms of paperback

  • paperbacker, noun

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