public relations

noun, plural in form but usually singular in construction, often attributive

Definition of public relations

: the business of inducing the public to have understanding for and goodwill toward a person, firm, or institution also : the degree of understanding and goodwill achieved

Examples of public relations in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the victims of Kaczynski’s 16 bombs were a Yale computer scientist, an astronaut candidate, a Sacramento forestry lobbyist, a public relations executive and the president of United Airlines. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 The new art from Pohrt adds a great deal of diverse work to the museum's existing Great Lakes collection, which had previously been small compared to others, according to public relations manager Bryan Corbin. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Dec. 2021 Adrian Lau, a district councilor and former public relations executive, is one of the most high-profile independent candidates. NBC News, 19 Dec. 2021 Sandra de la Garza, the public relations manager for the Los Cabos tourism board, lays out her ideal three-day itinerary. Alex Apatoff,, 8 Nov. 2021 Impressions Return on investment for public relations efforts is notoriously hard to quantify. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Ables is a marketing and public relations professional with more than 20 years of experience in arts administration and nonprofit management, the release said., 3 Jan. 2022 Sandra studied journalism and public relations at Harcum, in Bryn Mawr., Pa., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1958. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 The company previously dissolved its public relations department. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of public relations

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public relations was in 1898

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23 Jan 2022

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“Public relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of public relations

: the activity or job of providing information about a particular person or organization to the public so that people will regard that person or organization in a favorable way
: the relationship between an organization and the public

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