paperback

noun pa·per·back \ ˈpā-pər-ˌbak \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of paperback

: a book with a flexible paper binding

paperback

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

Examples of paperback in a Sentence

  1. The store sells both paperbacks and hardcovers.

  2. The book is sold only in paperback.

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First Known Use of paperback

1843

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PAPERBACK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of paperback for English Language Learners

  • : a book that has a thick paper cover


PAPERBACK Defined for Kids

paperback

noun pa·per·back \ ˈpā-pər-ˌbak \

Definition of paperback for Students

: a book with a flexible paper binding


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