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

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Recent Examples on the Web Every convention since then has been an extended, orchestrated, frequently boring television infomercial for the party and its nominee. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: COVID-19 could hasten the end of political conventions," 11 Apr. 2020 To fill their programming, TV networks had to get creative amid these cancellations by running infomercials and rebroadcasts. Cassandre Coyer, The Christian Science Monitor, "No sports on TV? Sportscasters share play by play of confinement.," 9 Apr. 2020 The app, most popularly known for it dance challenges has recently grown its popularity by allowing users to curate skits, makeup videos, and mini political infomercials. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Here's How My Friends And I Tackled TikTok's #StayAtHomeChallenge," 1 Apr. 2020 But, just like on a late night infomercial, this deal gets even better. Richard Mann, Outdoor Life, "Best Bolt-Action Rifle Bargains," 17 Sep. 2019 Some schools abandoned the traditional signing day news conference/infomercial. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "National signing day provides late fireworks for Texas, Texas A&M as key additions mark strong finishes," 6 Feb. 2020 Online stores have adopted tricks used by infomercials and home shopping networks for years. CBS News, "Online retailers' trickiest tactics to stoke impulse buying," 23 Jan. 2020 Rodan & Fields was founded in 2002 by dermatologists Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, the duo who used to own popular acne treatment Proactiv, known to millions of households in the U.S. thanks to constant infomercials in the late 1990s. Shwanika Narayan,, "Rodan & Fields laid off 86 employees in the Bay Area," 3 Jan. 2020 The stealthy infomercials of YouTube are not the same as those that take over cable channels when programming ends for the night. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "Why so many of your favorite YouTube videos are secretly infomercials," 23 Aug. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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