Definition of paperback in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpāpərˌbak/


(Of a book) bound in stiff paper or flexible cardboard.


A book bound in stiff paper or flexible cardboard.
Example sentences
  • I have to remind myself it was only a book - mass-market paperback, pristine condition though bought used.
  • It was a musty smelling paperback with yellowed pages and a bent cover.
  • They have re-issued as a large-scale trade paperback Kurt Wilhelm's 1989 book on Strauss.


in paperback

In an edition bound in stiff paper or flexible cardboard: now available in paperback
More example sentences
  • This set him off on the idea of publishing literature in paperback, making it available cheaply and widely.
  • This week's book review was published this year in paperback after its initial publication in hard cover last year.
  • First published in hardback in 2003, the book is now available in paperback.

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Syllabification: pa·per·back

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