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[hahrd-bak] /ˈhɑrdˌbæk/

noun, adjective
a book or edition with covers of cloth, cardboard, or leather Compare paperback
Also casebound (ˈkeɪsˌbaʊnd), hardbound (ˈhɑːdˌbaʊnd), hardcover (ˈhɑːdˌkʌvə). of or denoting a hardback or the publication of hardbacks

“type of book bound in stiff boards,” 1954, from hard + back (n.).


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