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-agentry (audio) \ noun

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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 Many of the characters, such as press agent Merle Debuskey (Fran Kranz), stage manager John Robertson (Max Woertendyke), Papp's friend and colleague Bernie Gersten (Will Brill), and the guitar-strumming Amram (Blake DeLong), barely register. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Illyria': Theater Review," 31 Oct. 2017 Others on the team include Joe’s actress wife, Peggy (Kristen Connolly), who has just had a baby; the press agent Merle Debuskey (Fran Kranz); the stage manager John Robertson (Max Woertendyke); and the composer David Amram (Blake DeLong). Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Illyria’ Eavesdrops on a Young Joe Papp and Friends," 30 Oct. 2017 This is a media age, and Bauman also needs a de facto press agent — Jeff’s in demand at hockey and baseball games (the Phillies make a cameo appearance as Bauman throws out the first pitch at a Red Sox game a month after the attack). Gary Thompson,, "'Stronger': Story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor could be corny. Instead, it's moving," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of press agent

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for press agent

press entry 1

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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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