press agent


Definition of press agent

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

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 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 Hirschfeld had begun drawing drama-page art for newspapers in the 1920s, thanks to a press agent who spotted his sketching and smartly took it to the New York Herald Tribune. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 In 1960, Dewey left The Chronicle to work as a press agent at the Los Alamos Laboratory in Santa Fe. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 May 2021 The court also affirms that Kesha’s text to Lady Gaga was a defamatory statement, and that Kesha can be held liable for statements made by her lawyer and press agent. Amanda Gordon, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 An all-powerful New York gossip columnist gives a press agent some dirty work. Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2021 The cause was complications from the coronavirus, said press agent Matt Polk, adding that Mr. McNally had chronic inflammatory lung disease. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2020 The press agent Sy Presten is an old hand in the gossip business. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2019

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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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26 Nov 2021

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“Press agent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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