vanity press


Definition of vanity press

: a publishing house that publishes books at the author's expense

called also vanity publisher

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Maybe that was for the best, but on the other hand, why not set him up with a ghostwriter and a vanity press and let the yarns rip? Jonathan Kasdan, New York Times, "Review: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Answers Questions You May Not Have Asked," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of vanity press

1950, in the meaning defined above

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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