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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A melodramatic novel of romance or adventure, usually in paperback.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cheap pulp novel produced in 19th century America.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a novel, commonly sensational and trashy, which is sold for a dime, or ten cents; -- they were popular from ca. 1850 to ca. 1920. Sometimes the term is still applied to any novel of the type, though the price has greatly increased.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a melodramatic paperback novel

Etymologies

After the Dime Book Series, published by Erastus Flavel Beadle (1821-1894).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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