pa·​per·​back | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌbak How to pronounce paperback (audio) \

Definition of paperback

: a book with a flexible paper binding

Other Words from paperback

paperback or less commonly paperbacked \ ˈpā-​pər-​ˌbakt How to pronounce paperback (audio) \ adjective

Examples of paperback in a Sentence

The store sells both paperbacks and hardcovers. The book is sold only in paperback.
Recent Examples on the Web Dear Miss Manners: Is there still a stigma attached to gifting paperback books, rather than hardcover? Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 11 July 2022 In fact, the movie often plays like another Stranger Things dilution, watering down the paperback thrills of literature’s reigning master of horror into an inferior throwback substitution. A.a. Dowd, Rolling Stone, 23 June 2022 Measuring just 111 x 63.5 x 22.5mm and weighing only 200g, the Zendure SuperMini 3 is smaller than my iPhone SE and about the same thickness as a slim paperback. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Kornblau had the idea of publishing it in a little paperback as the summer installment of Art issues. Jarrett Earnest, The New York Review of Books, 8 June 2022 Her third novel, Great Circle, shortlisted for both the Booker Prize and Women’s Prize for Fiction, was just released in paperback. Riza Cruz, ELLE, 1 June 2022 Also available in paperback ($38) and as an e-book ($28). Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Rather than spending $10 to $15 on each ebook or paperback, or $25 on a hardcover, why not borrow books for free from your local library? Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 21 May 2022 McNally Editions, a new imprint from New York booksellers McNally Jackson, republishes forgotten or out-of-print literary treasures in elegant paperback form. Lizzy Wholley, WSJ, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of paperback

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Paperback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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pa·​per·​back | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌbak How to pronounce paperback (audio) \

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: a book with a flexible paper binding

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