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 Schor’s book, a best seller and classic of its genre, may very well be the origin story for how so many people otherwise uninvolved in medieval history came to know and share this particular factoid. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 The best seller, rooted in modern Christian fundamentalism, has captured the attention of this insular community. Avital Chizhik-goldschmidt, The Atlantic, 25 Apr. 2022 Maus — a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust — became an Amazon best seller after getting banned by a Tennessee county school board. Natasha Dado,, 31 Jan. 2022 This farrago of nonsense was ridiculed by critics, yet was a considerable best seller, his last. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 The word was coined in 1956 by the psychiatrist Humphry Osmond in correspondence with Aldous Huxley, whom Osmond had supplied with the dose of mescaline that inspired Huxley’s best seller The Doors of Perception (1954). Mike Jay, The New York Review of Books, 5 Nov. 2020 Rachel Carson’s classic best seller about ecological threats, Silent Spring, started a wave of American environmentalism. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 21 Mar. 2022 Andrea Iyamah’s plum midi dress is another best seller that’s perfect for a summer wedding. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 14 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, her best seller Daisy Jones & the Six was preemptively acquired by Amazon for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Circle of Confusion to produce for television, with Riley Keough and Sam Claflin starring. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of best seller

1864, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2022

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“Best seller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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