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paperback

[pey-per-bak] /ˈpeɪ pərˌbæk/
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] /ˈpeɪ pərˌbaʊnd/ (Show IPA),
softbound (for defs 1, 2).
Compare hardcover.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; paper + back1
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British Dictionary definitions for paperbound

paperback

/ˈpeɪpəˌbæk/
noun
1.
a book or edition with covers made of flexible card, sold relatively cheaply Compare hardback
adjective
2.
of or denoting a paperback or publication of paperbacks
verb (transitive)
3.
to publish in paperback
Derived Forms
paperbacker, noun
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Word Origin and History for paperbound

paperback

n.

1899, from paper (n.) + back (n.). Adjective paper-backed attested from 1888.

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