blurb blurb [blɜːb ǁ blɜːrb] noun [countable usually singular] informal
MARKETING a short piece of writing describing and advertising a book, film, or a new product:

• The blurb for her latest book describes her as `one of Britain's best-loved art critics'.

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blurb UK US /blɜːb/ noun [U] INFORMAL MARKETING
a description that appears on the cover of a new product such as a book or DVD that is intended to make people want to buy it: »

The publisher's blurb refers to this book as an ""existential crime novel"".


promotional/publicity blurb

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Blurb — er den korte beskrivelse af en bog, som normalt er trykt på bogens omslag. Udtrykket blev skabt af den amerikanske forfatter F.G. Burgess (1866 1951) …   Danske encyklopædi

  • blurb — [blə:b US blə:rb] n [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: An invented word] a short description giving information about a book, new product etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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