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Definition of adman

: a person who writes, solicits, or places advertisements

Examples of adman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s David Ogilvy, the famous adman, in his classic Ogilvy on Advertising (1983), which was written about a quarter-century before mass use of the Internet: Why do some people choose Jack Daniel’s, while others choose Grand Dad or Taylor? Joseph O’neill, The New York Review of Books, "Brand New Dems?," 29 Apr. 2020 Eventually, foppish men hawking ideas rather than wares would lay the same claim to the American individualist spirit: the adman as noble as the oilman, the programmer no different from the prospector. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "When the Checkpoints Come," 19 Mar. 2020 Joe Johnston, a Tulsa author and artist, was a Cleveland adman in the early 1970s. Christopher Borrelli,, "Who created the McDonald’s Happy Meal? 40 years later, the answer is complicated.," 3 July 2019 As a former adman, Bell is adept at exploiting images. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation," 25 May 2018 As was Mad Men, but its admen and -women were shown as far more prone to unconscious urges, petty vanities, pockets of soul sickness, whereas nearly everyone on Suits relies on executive function and Sherlock deduction. James Wolcott, HWD, "Confessions of a Suits Fan: Why the Legal Drama That Launched Meghan Markle Works," 27 Apr. 2018 About the same time, an adman, David McCall, had casually remarked that his children couldn’t learn their multiplication tables but knew all the words to songs by the Rolling Stones. Matt Schudel,, "Bob Dorough 94; composed songs for ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ series," 25 Apr. 2018 Cleveland was also where Mr. Bertschmann met Mary, who at the time was married to an adman who was part of a prominent Cleveland Heights family. Susan Chumsky, New York Times, "The Struggling Artist at 86," 5 Jan. 2018 In the title story, adman Bill Whitman — note the surname — dishes a contemplative collage of ex-wives and ex-friends, a resigned and almost free-associative appraisal of his shambled past. William Giraldi, The Seattle Times, "Denis Johnson’s posthumous story collection is a thrilling gift from the grave," 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of adman

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adman

ad entry 1 + man entry 1

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“Adman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adman

somewhat informal : a man who writes or sells advertisements

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