pa·per·back | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌbak \

Definition of paperback 

: a book with a flexible paper binding

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Other words from paperback

paperback or less commonly paperbacked \ˈpā-pər-ˌbakt \ adjective

Examples of paperback in a Sentence

The store sells both paperbacks and hardcovers. The book is sold only in paperback.

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The Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries are having a one-day paperback sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Prosser Public Library, 1 Tunxis Ave. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 19 June 2018 Check this list before choosing your donation — books should be paperbacks and in good condition. Sadé Carpenter, RedEye Chicago, "Celebrate Women’s History Month with theater, cocktails and more events in Chicago," 8 Mar. 2018 Reality: In Paige’s living room, the sofa and chair looked onto a freestanding bookcase loaded with books (including old paperbacks), board games and a television. Marni Jameson,, "7 mistakes rookie DIY decorators make," 13 July 2018 So far, Biographies Vol. 2 has sold 71 Kindle copies and 55 paperbacks, which correlates to about $360 in royalties. Nicole Dieker, Longreads, "How the Self-Publishing Industry Changed, Between My First and Second Novels," 23 June 2018 Claire Dederer’s memoir Love and Trouble is newly out in paperback from Vintage Books. Claire Dederer, The Cut, "What I’d Like to Tell My New-Mom Self," 30 May 2018 Here are 11 gadgets and gizmos perfect for Atlanta commuters: Audiobooks are the new paperbacks. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "11 gadgets and gizmos every Atlanta commuter needs," 22 June 2018 The first season is also available from Saga Press as a trade paperback. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Magic creeps into the Cold War in podcast The Witch Who Came in From the Cold," 17 June 2018 The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible is out now in paperback. Chanan Tigay, GQ, "Eric Garcetti Is the Anti-Trump, Pro–Star Wars Man We Need," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of paperback

1843, in the meaning defined above

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paper-bag bush

paper bail


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The first known use of paperback was in 1843

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English Language Learners Definition of paperback

: a book that has a thick paper cover


pa·per·back | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌbak \

Kids Definition of paperback

: a book with a flexible paper binding

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