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 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 Her output included dozens of novels that sold tens of millions of copies in hard copy, in paperback and in translation. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Mary Higgins Clark, spinner of suspenseful yarns, dies," 1 Feb. 2020 The third released on Feb. 11 as a Vintage trade paperback is the novel, Bandbox. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Best-selling author Thomas Mallon’s books on JFK, Bush 43 are coming back as Vintage trade paperbacks," 27 Feb. 2020 Past the mustard velvet curtains of this fantastical lair, there is a wide range of curious gifts, including tableware by Astier de Villatte, French candles, paperbacks, and limited-edition drawings. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Vintage Shops, Markets, and Home Goods Stores to Visit in Rome Right Now," 17 Dec. 2019 The first trade paperback publication of this generous collection of short fiction by an American master, who's also the subject of a new biography. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "82 new books for holiday gifts in 2019, from Prince to Susan Sontag," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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“Paperback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 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) \

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: a book with a flexible paper binding

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