hardback

noun

hard·​back ˈhärd-ˌbak How to pronounce hardback (audio)
: a book bound in hard covers

Examples of hardback in a Sentence

The store sells only hardbacks. The book is sold only in hardback.
Recent Examples on the Web The box contains a 100-page hardback book designed by Richard Evans with an introduction by Pete Townshend and new sleeve notes by compilers Andy Neil and Matt Kent giving an overview of this classic album as well as rare photos and memorabilia from the era. Jem Aswad, Variety, 15 Sep. 2023 Be sure to differentiate between hardback leather cases (plastic cases with a thin layer of leather on top) versus more traditional soft leather cases. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 20 June 2023 All these discs will come packaged with a 100-page hardback book containing an introduction by Townshend and essays by Who experts Andy Neil and Matt Kent. Chris Willman, Variety, 18 July 2023 Eventually, though, one publishing house—Bloomsbury—agreed to print 500 hardback copies in 1997 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which follows the adventures of an 11-year-old boy with a distinctive scar on his forehead. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 July 2023 The book has sold about 8,600 hardback copies, according to sales data from Circana. Shawn Boburg, Emma Brown, Ann E. Marimow, Anchorage Daily News, 21 July 2023 Step one: Getting all the state Assembly members to read the full report — presented in hardback form — That alone could be a substantial hurdle to clear, Bradford said. Curtis Bunn, NBC News, 6 July 2023 Despite its thin design, the hardback leather exterior both keeps the tablet protected and looks pretty sharp. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 20 June 2023 And to make your travel memories even more tangible, there’s now a wide range of excellent photo book services to turn your digital snaps into glossy hardback keepsakes. Maureen O'Hare, CNN, 4 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hardback was in 1953

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“Hardback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardback. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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hardback

noun
hard·​back ˈhärd-ˌbak How to pronounce hardback (audio)
: a book bound in hard covers

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