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dime novel

noun
1.
a cheap melodramatic or sensational novel, usually in paperback and selling for ten cents, especially such an adventure novel popular c1850 to c1920.
Origin of dime novel
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for dime novel

dime novel

noun
1.
(US) (formerly) a cheap melodramatic novel, usually in paperback Also called (esp Brit) penny-dreadful
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