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blurb

 (blûrb)
n.
A brief testimonial or excerpt of a review, as on a book jacket.

[Coined by Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), American humorist.]

blurb v.

blurb

(blɜːb)
n
a promotional description, as found on the jackets of books
[C20: coined by Gelett Burgess (1866–1951), US humorist and illustrator]

blurb

(blɜrb)
n.
1. a brief advertisement or notice, as on a book jacket, esp. one full of praise.
v.t.
2. to advertise or praise in the manner of a blurb.
[1910–15, Amer.]
blurb′ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blurb - a promotional statement (as found on the dust jackets of books); "the author got all his friends to write blurbs for his book"
promotion, promotional material, publicity, packaging - a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution; "the packaging of new ideas"
Translations

blurb

[blɜːb] Npropaganda f

blurb

[ˈblɜːrb] n
(for book)texte m de présentation
(= empty talk) (pejorative)baratin m

blurb

nMaterial nt, → Informationen pl; (on book cover) → Klappentext m, → Waschzettel m

blurb

[blɜːb] n (publicity material) → trafiletto pubblicitario; (on book jacket) → note fpl di copertina
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