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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pa•per•back /ˈpeɪpɚˌbæk/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a book bound in a flexible paper cover: [countable]paperbacks on every imaginable topic.[uncountable;  in + ~]That dictionary is now available in paperback.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. (of a book) bound in a flexible paper cover.
  2. of or relating to paperbacks:a paperback book club.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pa•per•back  (pāpər bak′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a book bound in a flexible paper cover, often a lower-priced edition of a hardcover book.

  1. (of a book) bound in a flexible paper cover:a paperback edition of Orwell's novel.
  2. of, for, or pertaining to paperbacks:a paperback bookstore.Cf.  hardcover. 
Also,  softcover; pa•per•bound  (pāpər bound′),USA pronunciation  softbound (for defs. 1, 2).
  • paper + back1 1895–1900

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

paperback /ˈpeɪpəˌbæk/ n
  1. a book or edition with covers made of flexible card, sold relatively cheaply
    Compare hardback
Also: paperbound, soft-cover
  1. of or denoting a paperback or publication of paperbacks
vb (transitive)
  1. to publish in paperback

ˈpaperˌbacker n

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