Definition of dust jacket in English:

dust jacket

noun

  • A removable paper cover, generally with a decorative design, used to protect a book from dirt or damage.

    • ‘The dust jacket describes the book as a ‘novel’, something I am unsure about even when, these days, there are increasingly fluid notions for the form.’
    • ‘It has an impressive heft, a classy dust jacket, and outstanding binding.’
    • ‘Women are important; indeed they are so important that there is not a man to be found in the collage of photographs on the dust jacket of the book, shots of people on camel, donkey, cart, and on foot.’
    • ‘Then you become aware of the dust jacket (there's a way of reading a book with the dust jacket on which I'm yet to learn, so I take it off when reading on account of how it keeps slipping).’
    • ‘He likes the phrase so much, he even uses it on the dust jacket of his book.’
    • ‘Rather, it would seem much more felicitous to use it as a reference book (as the dust jacket itself notes), to be dipped into or browsed again and again.’
    • ‘The dust jacket is reversible to disguise the book as a kid-kitsch book about ‘the happiest kids in the world.’’
    • ‘He employs his own experiences and background in just a few paragraphs scattered throughout the book, and to lend himself some credibility on the dust jacket.’
    • ‘You don't say whether the book has its original dust jacket, but if it does and it is in good condition then the book is worth about £35 to £40 as it is likely to be a first edition.’
    • ‘The dust jacket of this book shows a pair of adult identical twins curled up together in a ball, representing the single ovum from which they both developed.’
    • ‘You have to pound the pavement in search of sources, burn the candle at both ends to write engaging sentences, and worst of all, you have to read the whole blurb on the dust jacket of a book for that deep, deep background.’
    • ‘I remember seeing that on the dust jacket of another book you wrote.’
    • ‘Such qualities notwithstanding, the book jacket (or dust jacket, or dust-wrapper) is an object whose value has often been lukewarmly debated.’
    • ‘A book which quotes, on the dust jacket, a number of reviewers saying that the author produces outstanding prose, inevitably arouses certain expectations in the reader.’
    • ‘I do not concur with the assessment printed on the back of the dust jacket that this book ‘will become the standard work on the subject,’ but the essays presented here are worth reading.’
    • ‘He responded by pointing to a photo on the dust jacket of his book.’
    • ‘Perhaps the publishers should have gone the whole hog and packaged the book in a scratch-'n'-sniff dust jacket - it would certainly have complemented their apparent decision to get a horse to write it.’
    • ‘The dust jacket of the book will tell you it's ‘a story of friendship and betrayal, of forgiveness and enduring love, and of the precious, but dangerous burden of scientific knowledge.’’
    • ‘According to the dust jacket, this book was written for advanced undergraduate students in sociology, public policy, and business management courses.’
    • ‘The presence of a dust jacket, according to book collectors, is the biggest single item that enhances the value of a book.’
    cover, wrapping, covering, packaging, paper
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Pronunciation

dust jacket

/ˈdəs(t) ˌjakət//ˈdəs(t) ˌdʒækət/