press agent


: an agent employed to establish and maintain good public relations through publicity
press-agent verb
press-agentry noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, platforms like TikTok have allowed creators to present their culture and share recipes without the lens of a press agent. Dallas News, 15 Dec. 2022 Numbers tallied in 2021 were a little better, according to Jen Shugert, press agent for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 19 June 2022 Pat Newcomb, Monroe's close friend and press agent, said the two had plans to go to the movies the next day. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 28 Sep. 2022 Shortly afterward, both his mother and his press agent, a close friend, also died. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2022 His press agent, Shelley Saltman, was explaining that the amateurs who compete in the celebrity pro-amateur phase of the tournament will receive the equivalent of $150 in merchandise. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2022 Brickhouse soon moved into the field of public relations and was the press agent for Stanford S. Kohlberg’s Kohlberg Theatres movie chain in the 1960s. Bob Goldsborough,, 26 Jan. 2022 One interview that really hit him hard was with a woman who worked as their press agent. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 13 Nov. 2021 Paul Wasserman, the bearded ironist who is the head press agent for the tour, managed to sneak a handful of visitors into the Garden. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


press entry 1

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of press agent was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Press agent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

press agent

: a person employed to establish and keep up good public relations by publicity
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