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 In its café, a construction worker sat next to me with white headphones on and a paperback on his lap. Kieran Dodds, National Geographic, "What’s the secret behind Dublin’s storytelling magic?," 16 June 2020 This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "HBO’s latest terrifying trailer for Lovecraft Country couldn’t be more timely," 3 June 2020 His adopted home country features in his two most recent works — Autumn Light and A Beginner's Guide to Japan — both now available in paperback. TheWeek, "6 book recommendations from Pico Iyer," 31 May 2020 MSU Press recently reissued it in paperback and as an e-book. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigander's historic novel about 1796 epidemic sounds eerily familiar," 18 May 2020 The paperback has a loud magenta cover, and the recipes are basic: Caribbean rice and peas, teriyaki chicken, vanilla poundcake. Priya Krishna, New York Times, "The Community Cookbook Is Reborn for a Time of Scarcity and Sharing," 28 Apr. 2020 Pocket paperbacks are by far the most popular sellers for Capizzi and Yang. Max Bell, Los Angeles Times, "Their beautifully curated vintage-book pop-ups were thriving. Along came coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020 That was the year Clancy married Colin Powell’s second cousin and published his book Rainbow Six in paperback. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "The Paranoid Style of America in a Pandemic," 1 Apr. 2020 His books sales have been staggering — more than 100 million copies, with vast numbers sold in paperback at airports. Robert D. Mcfadden,, "Clive Cussler, bestselling author and adventurer, 88," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of paperback

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paperback was in 1843

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2 Jul 2020

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“Paperback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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