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bestseller

[best-sel-er] /ˈbɛstˈsɛl ər/
noun
1.
a book that is among those having the largest sales during a given period.
2.
any product that among those of its kind is selling particularly well at a given time:
This car was a bestseller last year.
Also, best seller.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; best + seller
Related forms
bestsellerdom, noun
best-selling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for best-seller

bestseller

/ˌbɛstˈsɛlə/
noun
1.
a book, record, CD, or other product that has sold in great numbers, esp over a short period
2.
the author of one or more such books, etc
Derived Forms
bestselling, adjective
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Encyclopedia Article for best-seller

book that, for a time, leads all others of its kind in sales, a designation that serves as an index of popular literary taste and judgment. Bookman, an American magazine of literature and criticism, began running best-seller lists in 1895, when it began publication. The list was compiled from reports of sales at bookstores throughout the country. Similar lists began to appear in other literary magazines and in metropolitan newspapers. The lists most commonly considered authoritative in the United States are those of Publishers Weekly and The New York Times. The practice spread from the United States; the British list generally considered most authoritative is that of The Sunday Times (London), reprinted in Bookseller.

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