yellowback

[ yel-oh-bak ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊˌbæk /

noun

(formerly) an inexpensive, often lurid, novel bound in yellow cloth or paper.
a gold certificate.

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Origin of yellowback

First recorded in 1790–1800; yellow + back1
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Example sentences from the Web for yellowback

  • You saw what that fellow flashed, a twenty dollar yellowback, a word to Skippy and the Kennedy would follow.

    Skippy Bedelle|Owen Johnson