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.

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His gift was a paperback copy of The Hollow Hills, one of Mary Stewart’s classic novels about Merlin and King Arthur. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award finalist: "Lost Causes" by Dana Berube," 2 June 2018 When: 2025 at the earliest Price: TBD SpaceX Starship: With a design straight out of a sci-fi paperback from the 1950s, the 387-foot-tall Starship is designed to bring as many as 100 passengers to far-flung destinations in the solar system. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Tourist's Guide to Space," 12 Mar. 2019 Combining aspects of a genre scene with a landscape painting, each has landed on countless paperback covers and tote bags. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Strange and Stirring Bruegel," 7 Sep. 2018 The library also gives participants three paperback books as prizes during the program. Caitlin Mullen,, "Ready to read: Libraries in Oak Park, River Forest prepare for summer programs aimed at students," 24 May 2018 The initial goal was to raise a modest $900 to print 100 paperback sketchbooks. Pam Kragen,, "Grieving second-grader's journal aims to help others," 2 Feb. 2018 Anyone who's ever made a soggy mess out of her favorite paperback after attempting to read in the bath will love the latest trend in hotel amenities. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Waterproof Books Let You Read While You're In the Pool and Bath," 15 Nov. 2016 Winner of several Australian literary awards, this novel makes its American debut in paperback. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Paperback Picks: books by Kevin Kwan, Bill McKibben and Sherry Jones," 12 Dec. 2018 That's the central argument of Tom Nichols' recent book, The Death of Expertise, which has recently come out in a paperback edition. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts," 21 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of paperback

1843, in the meaning defined above

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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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