in·​fo·​tain·​ment | \ ˌin-(ˌ)fō-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce infotainment (audio) \

Definition of infotainment

: television programs that present information (such as news) in a manner intended to be entertaining

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Infotainment, a blend of "information" and "entertainment," first appeared in the early 1980s. Not everyone approves of "infotainment" and similar pieced-together, media-derived words (e.g., "infomercial" and "edutainment"), however. New York Times Magazine writer Joe Morgenstern referred to "infotainment" as "a plastic word, stuck together with show-biz epoxy." An editorialist for a New England newspaper called it "a nauseating word" that "has crept into the language without an invitation." Unfortunately for such detractors, the word continues to be used today. Not only that, but a new, distinct sense of the word is emerging. People in the automotive industry have recently begun using "infotainment" to refer to the state-of-the-art multimedia technologies (such as GPS systems and Internet radio) now available to drivers at the push of a button.

Examples of infotainment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This vehicle will also feature FCA's new fifth-generation infotainment system, Uconnect 5, with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, lots of screen customization and in-vehicle Amazon Alexa. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Chrysler Pacifica wants to be more like a utility vehicle, boasts all-wheel drive," 6 Feb. 2020 The upgrade also includes driver assistance, safety, and infotainment technologies. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Buick redesigns the Enclave crossover for 2018, adding high-end Avenir trim | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Apr. 2018 Distracted driving has become a major problem in the past decade, as the share of Americans who own a smartphone rose from 35 percent to 81 percent, and as automakers raced to offer more capable infotainment systems that run on ever-bigger screens. Alex Davies, Wired, "New Safety Gizmos Are Making Car Insurance More Expensive," 26 Jan. 2020 Play some tunes: Kia has made some changes to its vaunted infotainment system. cleveland, "Kia puts even more joy in the Soul for 2020 (auto review)," 25 Jan. 2020 Those owners evaluated safety systems, vehicle infotainment, engine performance and other aspects of the cars and trucks. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "These are the 10 most (and least) reliable cars of 2020, according to Consumer Reports," 14 Nov. 2019 The infotainment system can also be controlled with a dial and a touchpad located ahead of the rotary shift knob on the console. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Genesis GV80 Is Late to the Party But Is Dressed to Impress," 16 Jan. 2020 Those screens will debut Ford’s latest iteration of its Sync infotainment system. Washington Post, "Edmunds: Five noteworthy electric vehicles to buy in 2020," 15 Jan. 2020 The infotainment system has a large, 11.6-inch portrait screen (in both Limited and $29,500* XLE trims, but not the $27,600* LE). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in proves pleasing, perhaps pedestrian," 14 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'infotainment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of infotainment

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infotainment

information + entertainment

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The first known use of infotainment was in 1980

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17 Feb 2020

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“Infotainment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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: television programs that present information (such as news) in a way that is meant to be entertaining

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