dime novel

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dime novel

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

[After the Dime Book Series, , published by Erastus Flavel Beadle (1821-1894).]

dime novelist n.
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dime novel

(Journalism & Publishing) US (formerly) a cheap melodramatic novel, usually in paperback. Also called (esp Brit): penny-dreadful
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dime′ nov′el

a cheap melodramatic or sensational novel, usu. in paperback, esp. of the period c1850 to c1920.
[1860–65, Amer.]
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Noun1.dime novel - a melodramatic paperback novel
novel - an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
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