\ˈblərb \

Definition of blurb 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a short publicity notice (as on a book jacket)


blurbed; blurbing; blurbs

Definition of blurb (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to describe or praise in a blurb

Examples of blurb in a Sentence


a blurb on a book jacket

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yes, this is where Ubisoft’s hidden all the history blurbs about Ancient Greece. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's hidden Historical Locations map is stuffed with Ancient Greek lore," 11 Oct. 2018 Last month, residents of a small Florida town were taken aback by a straight-up rude blurb in a local paper, called Vero Beachside News. Marci Robin, Allure, "Tattoos May Improve Your Chances of Getting a Job, So Feel Free to Rub That in Your Judgmental Relative's Face," 13 Aug. 2018 There was this little blurb about a kid who kept getting beat up by bullies on his block. Alex Prewitt,, "The Crane Kick Is Bogus: A Karate Kid Oral History," 1 May 2018 The website, which features blurbs about restaurant closings, building break-ins and community events, will go dark July 19, with a link steering EveryBlock users to sign up with Nextdoor, a rival hyperlocal platform. Robert Channick,, "Comcast to end hyperlocal site EveryBlock, agrees to send users to rival Nextdoor," 12 July 2018 In addition to short blurb covering each honoree's comedy cred, the editors of THR asked each professional funny person to participate in a light, Q&A-style interview. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Amy Poehler Is as Displeased With 2018 as You Are, Judging by These Interview Answers," 16 June 2018 By chance, a book blurb from New Canaan Society founder James Lane caught the attention of Andrea Vassell, setting into motion events that led to the toppling of William Voge, the former chairman of Latham & Watkins LLP. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "The Sexting Scandal That Toppled One of America’s Most Powerful Lawyers," 13 July 2018 Business Briefs is compiled by various members of The Woodlands Villager staff, using information sent to us in press releases and news blurbs. Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Business Briefs for the Week of July 6-13," 7 July 2018 And Collett has found common cause with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who has appeared on his YouTube show and given a blurb for a book written by Collett. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A GOP congressman retweeted a self-described ‘Nazi sympathizer.’ His party did not rebuke him.," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As for whether Lighthizer will suffer any consequences for the pricey interior design choices, the odds are about as likely as Trump blurbing a second print run of James Comey’s book. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Trump Official Blames Obama for His $1 Million Office Redesign," 18 Apr. 2018 Nonetheless, Penn was allowed to publish this novel, and Salman Rushdie blurbed it. Constance Grady, Vox, "Did you hear how bad Sean Penn’s book is? It’s really bad.," 31 Mar. 2018 As someone who is trying to get your book read, is that ultimately a quote worthy of being blurbed on the back cover? Daniel D'addario, Time, "Fire and Fury Author Michael Wolff Says Trump's Response Is 'Ludicrous' and 'Scary'," 9 Jan. 2018 It's blurbed by Larry McMurtry, David McCullough, and Henry Kissinger; it's lavishly illustrated; and Korda grounds its familiar story with his childhood memories of wartime tensions and radio broadcasts. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Alone' examines the cinematic appeal of the 'England alone' World War II scenario," 25 Sep. 2017 It's blurbed by Larry McMurtry, David McCullough, and Henry Kissinger Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Alone' examines the cinematic appeal of the 'England alone' World War II scenario," 25 Sep. 2017 Lenin, who blurbed the book, rewarded Reed for his powerful propaganda by burying him in the wall of the Kremlin. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Why Liberalism Disappoints," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of blurb


1907, in the meaning defined above


1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blurb


coined by Gelett Burgess

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English Language Learners Definition of blurb

: a short description that praises something (such as a book) so that people will want to buy it

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