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

Definition of paperback

: a book with a flexible paper binding

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paperback or less commonly paperbacked \ ˈpā-​pər-​ˌbakt How to pronounce paperbacked (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 The book was released last month by The History Press and sells for $20.01 in paperback on Amazon. Don Maines Correspondent, Houston Chronicle, "Writer to discuss facts, myths about ‘Yellow Rose of Texas’," 12 Feb. 2020 Warner Books bought the paperback rights for a million dollars. Peter Osnos, The New Yorker, "Editing Donald Trump," 3 Nov. 2019 My neighbor held a garage sale this weekend and there, amid a pile of old paperbacks and discarded clothes for 50 cents, sat Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake for a sixth-round pick. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Shipping out Kenyan Drake gives Dolphins one less chance to win | Commentary," 28 Oct. 2019 Orion said the new plan is to print hardcover books for the backers and sell paperback books to the public for $12. Pam Kragen,, "Grieving second-grader's journal aims to help others," 2 Feb. 2018 Each store had a list of items ranging from candy, soap, razors and paperback books which could be purchased as gifts to servicemen in Vietnam. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "'Cut Price Drugs': Remembering Haag Drug, your neighborhood pharmacy," 22 Nov. 2019 Each ticket comes with a paperback copy of the book. Houston Chronicle, "The Go List: OktoberFest Houston, Houston Weird Homes Tour," 26 Sep. 2019 It was published as a hardcover in the United States in 1975 by Scribner and in a paperback edition two years later. New York Times, "A Racist Book’s Malign and Lingering Influence," 22 Nov. 2019 There was a room with ten vintage household scales, each one holding (weighing) a stack of art books interspersed with paperback nonfiction. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, "David Hammons Follows His Own Rules," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of paperback

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Paperback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of paperback

: a book that has a thick paper cover


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

Kids Definition of paperback

: a book with a flexible paper binding

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