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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

Writing to ask for a blurb was embarrassing, but ultimately composing a love letter to a favorite writer is kind of fun — what was tough was sending several reminders. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "The First Book," 24 July 2019 For example, an Instagram that posts a daily post or a snapchat that posts different blurbs on its story. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Life On The Race Beat: RaceAhead," 4 June 2019 The publishing process remains incredibly opaque, with a quasi-mystical air — the unicorn blurb! Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "The First Book," 24 July 2019 McKinty’s novel, which has just been published and was already in’s top 100, arrived with blurbs from Stephen King, Dennis LeHane and many others. Washington Post, "‘The Chain’ is a mid-life hit for novelist Adrian McKinty," 17 July 2019 In addition to reviews and blurbs, Whitman commissioned a steel engraving of himself as a frontispiece to convey an image of the muscular, rough American poet. Elaine Showalter, The New York Review of Books, "Whitman, Melville, & Julia Ward Howe: A Tale of Three Bicentennials," 27 May 2019 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

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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The first known use of blurb was in 1907

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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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