blurb

noun
\ ˈblərb How to pronounce blurb (audio) \

Definition of blurb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

blurb

verb
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

Noun

a blurb on a book jacket

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As teased in the cover's blurb, the angle around his interview with The Observer focuses on Shawn's global success and how he's skyrocketed to becoming one of the biggest pop stars in 2019. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber Jokingly Challenged Shawn Mendes on His "Prince of Pop" Title," 8 Apr. 2019 The blurbs are rarely extensive, definitely not as long nor detailed as the database entries in older Assassin’s Creed games. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's hidden Historical Locations map is stuffed with Ancient Greek lore," 11 Oct. 2018 On the phone, Goodman reveals all sorts of behind the scenes moments (many of which are published in blurbs throughout the book). Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "In Her New Book, Wendy Goodman Asks May I Come In? Thankfully, a Lot of People Said Yes," 4 Oct. 2018 Time would have found someone else to write the blurb. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Ted Cruz's embarrassing ode to Donald Trump is why people hate politicians," 19 Apr. 2018 Its marketing blurb touts the amount of square footage that can be added. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Millionaires Living in the Mining Cabins," 1 Nov. 2018 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, SI.com, "The Crane Kick Is Bogus: A Karate Kid Oral History," 1 May 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

Noun

1907, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blurb

Noun

coined by Gelett Burgess

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The first known use of blurb was in 1907

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blurb

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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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