Definition of hardcover in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhärdˌkəvər/


chiefly North American
(Of a book) bound between rigid boards covered in cloth, paper, leather, or film: hardcover and paperback editions
More example sentences
  • ‘The King’ is a wonderful book; when it comes out in paperback (or in a lower-priced hardcover edition) grab a copy as fast as you can!
  • She added how she now lives for the day when she sees the best-selling hardcover edition of ‘Tales Told by a True Idiot’ gracing the window of every bookstore in New York.
  • Zooba offers brand-new, mostly hardcover editions of today's best-sellers and tomorrow's discoveries.


A hardcover book.
Example sentences
  • Hey, six books - including one hardcover - for $70?
  • I even bought the lady's book afterwards - a hardcover, no less, which I almost never buy.
  • One of the books was a small hardcover, which the politician handed to the other school captain.


in hardcover

chiefly North American In a hardcover edition.
Example sentences
  • Here's the link to order a copy of the new edition which is in hardcover and which contains a new foreword by P.J. O'Rourke and a ‘Where Are They Now?’
  • Although it is expensive in hardcover, a paperback edition would make a formidable textbook for advanced undergraduates or graduate students.
  • The first American edition of 1950 was reprinted almost without pause in hardcover and then paperback until the late 1970s.

Words that rhyme with hardcover

cover, Glover, lover, plover, undercover

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Syllabification: hard·cov·er

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