in·​fo·​mer·​cial | \ˈin-(ˌ)fō-ˌmər-shəl, -fə-\

Definition of infomercial 

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

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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., "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,, "'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,, "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,, "Dyson wins $16 million in false-advertising case against SharkNinja," 13 June 2018 Unlike the 2010 infomercial, this was official Sinclair news programming, not an ad. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Sinclair Broadcast Group, the pro-Trump, conservative company taking over local news, explained," 3 Apr. 2018 Founded in 1998, Beachbody originated as a fitness DVD company that sold most of its products online and via infomercials, with its first major success being P90X, an intense 90-day fitness regimen that counts Paul Ryan as one of its fans. Anna Orso,, "Behind those before-and-after Instagram photos: Money, marketing and meal replacements," 21 May 2018 The Minnesota businessman, whose mustachioed face is familiar from MyPillow infomercials and ads, has now found himself in the national debate. The Washington Post,, "Of course the MyPillow guy has a story -- and it's wilder than you think," 8 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of infomercial

: 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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