Definition of infotainment
: television programs that present information (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.
Origin and Etymology of infotainment
information + entertainment
First Known Use: 1980
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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