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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a melodramatic paperback novel;
[syn: dime novel, penny dreadful]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dime \Dime\ (d[imac]m), n. [F. d[^i]me tithe, OF. disme, fr. L. decimus the tenth, fr. decem ten. See Decimal.] A silver coin of the United States, of the value of ten cents; the tenth of a dollar. [1913 Webster] Dime novel, 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. [1913 Webster +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

dime novel n 1: a melodramatic paperback novel [syn: dime novel, penny dreadful]