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 The seller is Ron Popeil, master of the infomercial who sold innumerable Veg-O-Matics, Beef Jerky Machines and Electric Pasta Makers. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: A ‘dark winter’ and a shot at hope," 17 Nov. 2020 For instance, one skit masqueraded as an infomercial for a night terror neck brace. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: VET Tv strives to turn mental hell into mental health," 9 Nov. 2020 Even though his bona fides include co-producing a prime-time campaign infomercial for Barack Obama in 2008, Putnam’s best known for a 2017 ad for Amy McGrath, a then-unknown ex-Marine who was running for Congress in Kentucky. Amanda Fitzsimons, Washington Post, "Political ad-maker Mark Putnam has a knack for making Democrats look tough. Is that what they’ll need to win in the long run?," 27 Oct. 2020 The President used the debate almost as an infomercial to encourage people to court infection. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Bitter, Vainglorious Fantasy of America on the Debate Stage," 25 Oct. 2020 An infomercial for the Bath Buddy and a trailer for the album are posted on the Nightflight video platform Will Coviello,, "Quintron and Miss Pussycat release new album, 'Goblin Alert',' on Oct. 16," 12 Oct. 2020 When the camera traded Michelle Obama for Larry Kudlow, what had seemed like a cozy fireside chat now looked more like a late-night infomercial to cure toenail fungus. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Larry Kudlow’s Economic Hallucinations," 28 Aug. 2020 The opening two nights of the Republican National Convention saw scant mention of a whirlwind of crises as the planners sought to deliver a glossy TV infomercial. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Before Republicans’ night 3, scant mention of brewing crises," 26 Aug. 2020 The aim is to deliver a more engaging package than what some observers said was an overproduced, sterile Democratic infomercial. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Republicans urge Trump to make the convention all about Biden," 24 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of infomercial was in 1981

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28 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Infomercial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of infomercial

chiefly US : a television program that is a long advertisement and that usually includes people talking about and using the product that is being sold

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