press agent


Definition of press agent

: an agent employed to establish and maintain good public relations through publicity

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Other Words from press agent

press-agent verb
press-agentry \ ˈpres-​ˈā-​jən-​trē How to pronounce press agent (audio) \ noun

Examples of press agent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cause was complications from the coronavirus, said press agent Matt Polk, adding that Mr. McNally had chronic inflammatory lung disease. Washington Post, "Terrence McNally, celebrated playwright who chronicled gay lives, dies at 81 from coronavirus," 24 Mar. 2020 The press agent Sy Presten is an old hand in the gossip business. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Gossipeuse to Press Agent: Drop Dead!," 7 Oct. 2019 In a memorable publicity coup by a Ford press agent, Iacocca and the new Mustang appeared simultaneously on the magazine covers of Time and Newsweek the day the car went on sale. Donald Woutat,, "Lee Iacocca, father of the Ford Mustang who later rescued Chrysler, dies at 94," 2 July 2019 Instead, the 17-year-old wed Hughes’ press agent, Pasquale di Cicco, prompting her aunt to cut Gloria out of her will. Ula Ilnytzky, Fortune, "Gloria Vanderbilt, Heiress, Designer, and Artist, Dies at 95," 17 June 2019 Shea, also the co-founder of competitive eating’s Major League Eating (formerly known as the International Federation of Competitive Eating), took over the Coney Island event in 1991 as a press agent a few years out of college. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "'I Love Things That Are Absurd.' Meet the Man Who Turned Nathan's Hot Dog-Eating Contest Into a National Obsession," 3 July 2018 From 1953 until his death, Charlie was known as the dean of old-fashioned South Florida press agents. Steve Rothaus, miamiherald, "At last, the story is now all about late 'legendary press agent' Charlie Cinnamon," 11 June 2018 More than just a journalist on the story, Smith was counselor, bodyguard and press agent. Herb Boyd, New York Times, "Harlem Wasn’t the Only Place With a Renaissance," 23 Feb. 2018 Barlow and Kapor gathered heavy hitters in the burgeoning tech industry, hired a lawyer and a press agent and announced the creation of the EFF in July 1990, Barlow wrote. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "John Perry Barlow, open internet champion and Grateful Dead lyricist, dies at 70," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of press agent

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for press agent

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The first known use of press agent was in 1883

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“Press agent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of press agent

: a person whose job is to give information about an important or famous person or organization to news reporters

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