infotainment was our Word of the Day on 10/24/2011. Hear the podcast!
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This S60 Polestar is very much of a generation ago; the adaptive cruise control is competent, but the lane keeping is rudimentary, and the infotainment system is functional but not a patch on Sensus.
The downside The infotainment system suffered a couple of intermittent glitches.
Navigation functions were simple and quick, a kind of litmus test for the entire infotainment system.
Also standard is a very luminous and attractive infotainment screen.
The tester didn’t include satellite navigation or satellite radio, but my iPhone integrated well with the large, in-dash Mini-Connected infotainment system.
And other manufacturers can take note of what Tesla does right to hopefully incorporate into their own infotainment systems.
The Audi A8 features cutting-edge technology ranging from its infotainment display to its 286-and-up horsepower engine.
The Sync 3 infotainment system is great in its simplicity, its touchscreen response, and its intuitive nature, but the space below it—pocked with additional, hard climate and radio controls—
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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.
Origin and Etymology of infotainment
First Known Use: 1980See Words from the same year
INFOTAINMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of infotainment for English Language Learners
: television programs that present information (such as news) in a way that is meant to be entertaining
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