A melodramatic novel of romance or adventure, usually in paperback.
A hack paperback novel of a type popular in the later 19th and early 20th cent., usually sensational or melodramatic and originally costing a dime.
Origin of dime-novel
- After the Dime Book Series , published by Erastus Flavel Beadle (1821–1894)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition