Definition of yellowback in English:

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yellowback

Pronunciation: /ˈyelōˌbak/

noun

historical
A cheap and typically sensational novel, with a yellow board or cloth binding.
Example sentences
  • There is some wear but generally this is a very good copy of a yellowback.
  • The volumes shown here are typical examples of Ward & Lock's early small format and later large format yellowbacks.
  • This is the first volume in what will be a multi-volume set devoted to a bibliography of over 25 publishers of Victorian yellowbacks and paperbacks.
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