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[pey-per-bak] /ˈpeɪ pərˌbæk/

a book bound in a flexible cover, often a lower-priced edition of a hardcover book.
(of a book) bound in a flexible cover:
a paperback edition of Orwell’s novel.
of, for, or pertaining to paperbacks:
a paperback bookstore.
a book or edition with covers made of flexible card, sold relatively cheaply Compare hardback
of or denoting a paperback or publication of paperbacks
verb (transitive)
to publish in paperback

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


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