infomercial

noun
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 Perot leaned heavily on television at every stage of his campaign and even bought 30-minute blocks of time for what were essentially political infomercials. Christina Prignano, BostonGlobe.com, "See some of Ross Perot’s 30-minute political infomercials," 9 July 2019 The Paul brothers, Logan and Jake, are perhaps the most famous examples of how original content can be made to function as a quasi-infomercial. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "Why so many of your favorite YouTube videos are secretly infomercials," 23 Aug. 2019 The campaign features four print images, a closeup on each of four models, as well as a video inspired by eighties infomercials. Glamour, "Does Gucci’s New Lipstick Ad Make You Uncomfortable? Good," 6 May 2019 The only main stage session completely dedicated to transportation felt more like a series of infomercials for green gadgets: Electric cars! Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Cities, obsessed with electric cars, overlook simple solutions at climate summit," 18 Sep. 2018 Back in the pre-Golden Era of Television, people used to sit in front of the TV and flip channels for hours, dissatisfied with the offerings of infomercials and TLC reality shows. refinery29.com, "Meet Your Next Big Obsession: Korean Dramas," 6 July 2018 Enter the Once-ler, an industrious sort who starts chopping down the trees and turning their tufts into Thneeds — miracle do-it-all items that sound like the kinds of thing peddled on TV infomercials. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'The Lorax' arrives in the land of Seuss for musical adaptation's U.S. premiere at Old Globe Theatre," 29 June 2018 For years, Hair Club promoted its services on television, with ads and infomercials featuring company founder Sy Sperling. David Lyons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hair Club expanding North American HQ to new Boca office building," 19 June 2018 SharkNinja’s ads ran nationwide on the internet and in infomercials, television commercials and print from August to December 2014, promoting that its vacuums were as good as Dyson’s, but cheaper. Hailey Mensik, chicagotribune.com, "Dyson wins $16 million in false-advertising case against SharkNinja," 13 June 2018

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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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infomercial

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How to pronounce infomercial (audio)

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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