paper-bound

paperback

[pey-per-bak]
noun
1.
a book bound in a flexible paper cover, often a lower-priced edition of a hardcover book.
adjective
2.
(of a book) bound in a flexible paper cover: a paperback edition of Orwell's novel.
3.
of, for, or pertaining to paperbacks: a paperback bookstore.
Also, softcover;, paperbound [pey-per-bound] , softbound (for defs 1, 2).
Compare hardcover.


Origin:
1895–1900; paper + back1

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paperback (ˈpeɪpəˌbæk)
 
n
1.  Compare hardback a book or edition with covers made of flexible card, sold relatively cheaply
 
adj
2.  of or denoting a paperback or publication of paperbacks
 
vb
3.  to publish in paperback
 
'paperbacker
 
n

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paperback
1899, from paper + back (n.).
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