best seller

best sell·​er | \ ˈbes(t)-ˈse-lər How to pronounce best seller (audio) \
variants: or bestseller

Definition of best seller

: an article (such as a book) whose sales are among the highest of its class

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Other Words from best seller

best-sellerdom \ ˈbes(t)-​ˈse-​lər-​dəm How to pronounce best seller (audio) \ noun
best-selling \ ˈbes(t)-​ˈse-​liŋ How to pronounce best seller (audio) \ adjective

Examples of best seller in a Sentence

She has written several best sellers.
Recent Examples on the Web Chef-owner Erin French's life story, a tale of hardship resolved, has made the Lost Kitchen into something like the Wild of the restaurant world—a runaway best seller about female grit. Kevin West, Travel + Leisure, "Experience True Farm-to-Table Living on a Culinary Road Trip Through Coastal Maine," 12 Apr. 2021 Fannie Hurst’s best seller of a married man and his mistress who foster a passionate affair for over 20 years. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Rafaelian started creating patriotic American flag pins, a best seller during the Vietnam War, during which a portion of the proceeds went to veterans., "Three generations later, a family’s jewelry factory thrives in Rhode Island," 19 Mar. 2021 When Harry Became Sally, a best seller, remains a controversial book among the transgender community. Nick Romano,, "Amazon no longer sells books 'that frame LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness'," 12 Mar. 2021 Released in November, the book became a best seller; now viewers can watch the show that resulted. New York Times, "‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Wants You to Love Scotland, Too," 17 Feb. 2021 The Starling style is a best seller with over 7,000 rave online reviews. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "Birdies Shoes Claim to Be As Comfy As Slippers — Here's What to Know Before Buying," 31 Mar. 2021 Pretty Mess was a New York Times best seller, so put that in your Aviva Drescher and smoke it. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Off the Deep End," 17 Mar. 2021 While the burger may be a best seller the shrimp cocktail is in a league of its own. Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, "Exclusive Recipe & Private Dining As The Clubroom At Polo Bar By Ralph Lauren Returns," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of best seller

1864, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2021

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“Best seller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of best seller

: a popular product (such as a book) that many people have bought

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