in·​fo·​mer·​cial | \ ˈin-(ˌ)fō-ˌmər-shəl How to pronounce infomercial (audio) , -fə- \

Definition of infomercial

: a television program that is an extended advertisement often including a discussion or demonstration

Examples of infomercial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As in the black-and-white beginnings of an infomercial, the founder encounters a consumer inconvenience that needs solving. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 31 Mar. 2022 During a recent Tonight Show interview, Jimmy Fallon and Paris Hilton hyped ape ownership in a conversation with the stiff, cheery cadence of a bad infomercial. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 8 Feb. 2022 Still, most of that boils down to window dressing -- as well as a very effective infomercial for Blue Origin -- leading up to the main event, and the images of Shatner finally taking off and gazing at the Earth from above it. Brian Lowry, CNN, 15 Dec. 2021 How Ron Popeil perfected the art of the infomercial. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Don’t Be Tardy, the Zolciak-Biermann clan sitcom and lip-injection infomercial that ran for a shocking eight seasons. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 As a fortune teller who has Patrizia as a client, Salma Hayek doesn’t exactly dial it down, but that’s in keeping with her infomercial-hosting character. Mark Feeney,, 22 Nov. 2021 The duo are seen in an infomercial called The Money Show, strut down a yellow brick road in homage to The Wizard of Oz, and float through the clouds. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 18 Nov. 2021 Interludes like that — in-person interactions that felt like moments in an infomercial — help explain the reverse: moments in his infomercials that felt like in-person interactions. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 31 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of infomercial

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infomercial

information + (com)mercial entry 2

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“Infomercial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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