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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Sale items include hardback and paperback books sorted into 40 categories, at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks or $9 by the bag. idahostatesman, "Abduction victim, Myanmar immigrant among authors to visit Boise | Idaho Statesman," 29 Mar. 2018 But books come in many varieties, including picture books for kids, paperbacks for the beach, and large-print books for people with visual challenges. Kim Komando, Fox News, "11 amazing perks you get from your local library you never knew before now," 25 Aug. 2018 Books prices are $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "The five things you need to know before you hit the road for July 4," 28 June 2018 There will also be a half-price sale that day on most books inside the bookstore — hardbacks will be $1 and paperbacks will be 50 cents. Linda Mcintosh,, "Carlsbad Foundation gives 90K to fight homelessness," 25 June 2018 Cantero visits Boswell Books at 7 p.m. June 14 on the paperback tour for his novel, a clever humor-horror mashup of Scooby-Doo and H.P. Lovecraft. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "85 books for summer reading," 18 May 2018 There are 6,611 paperback-fiction titles in the Williamsburg store, versus 8,201 in Soho. Carl Swanson, The Cut, "The Store (It Would Seem) Is Not Dead (at Least for Now)," 16 May 2018 The book, published in the U.S. in 2014, has been on the New York Times best-seller list for paperback trade fiction for 90 weeks. Nara Schoenberg,, "'A Man Called Ove' author Fredrik Backman, novelist Joyce Carol Oates to headline Printers Row Lit Fest," 3 May 2018 The next year, the paperback showed a girl running in the grass with zero gerbils. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "My Beloved Octopus: Animal Memoirs Move Way Beyond Cats and Dogs," 23 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of paperback

: a book with a flexible paper binding

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