A book with a rigid binding, often of cardboard or leather.
Having covers made of paper or thin cardboard; paperback.
(of a book) Having a rigid binding.
(publishing) A book having such covers.
Same as hardback n. and a.
a book with cardboard or cloth or leather covers
having a hard back or cover;
(of a book) bound in stiff covers; hardback
‘hardcover and paperback editions’;
a book bound in stiff covers; a hardback.
A hardcover, hard cover, or hardback (also known as hardbound, and sometimes as case-bound) book is one bound with rigid protective covers (typically of binder's board or heavy paperboard covered with buckram or other cloth, heavy paper, or occasionally leather). It has a flexible, sewn spine which allows the book to lie flat on a surface when opened.