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

Examples of best seller in a Sentence

She has written several best sellers. Her book is on the best-seller list.

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Despite the near 35% decline in shipments since 2013, the beer remains one of American's best sellers. Colman Andrews, azcentral, "What are the biggest beer brands in America? Here's the top 31," 19 June 2019 From today July 12th until July 16th Outdoor Voices will have some of their best sellers for 50% off.. Teen Vogue, "This is Not A Drill: Your Favorite Outdoor Voices Leggings Are 50% Off," 12 July 2019 Woodward, meanwhile, was producing a stream of best sellers (which were criticized for their reliance on high-level, anonymous sources). Scott Sherman, The New York Review of Books, "A Muckraker’s Progress," 17 June 2019 The first two have long been Sephora best sellers, but in the wake of the sale both are entirely out of stock online at Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Peace Out Skin Care’s Pimple Patches Sold Out at Sephora," 8 May 2019 Snail masks, which have been popular in Korea for some time, are now best sellers on . Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "What Snail Mucus Says About Beauty Trends," 26 Dec. 2018 The 80-year-old character, still a comic book best seller and a mainstay of film and TV, was chosen because of his iconic stature. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Batman to be inducted into Comic-Con Hall of Fame in Balboa Park," 18 June 2019 That’s also why so many of the books featured in your eponymous book club became best sellers. Jenice Armstrong,, "After Trump, Oprah for 2020 may be just the ticket | Jenice Armstrong," 10 Jan. 2018 The book became a best seller in 1970 despite mixed notices. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Charles Reich, Who Saw ‘The Greening of America,’ Dies at 91," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of best seller

1864, in the meaning defined above

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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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