public relations


plural in form but usually singular in construction
often attributive
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Passi de Preposulo had previously worked as the director of public relations for the fashion house. Jacqueline Weiss, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2023 Eleven of the airline's 12 flights out of Louisville were canceled Monday, said Natalie Chaudoin, director of public relations for Louisville Regional Airport Authority, and seven more have been canceled so far Tuesday as of about 11 a.m. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 27 Dec. 2022 But are public relations all that matter on the other side of the question? Barry Bauling, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2022 In addition to covering positive news, the company’s PR and Communications department serves corporations, nonprofits and small business owners with public relations and marketing as well as event activations. Melissa Noel, Essence, 27 Dec. 2022 Emma Velastegui, public relations and volunteer coordinator for the Salvation Army-Northwest Arkansas Area Command, said the normal capacity of the Fayetteville shelter is 12 men and eight women, with one family dormitory. From Staff Reports, Arkansas Online, 23 Dec. 2022 According to Andrew Mossbrooks, the Cyclones' director of public relations and broadcasting, fans will be encouraged to throw teddy bears and other stuffed animals onto the ice after the home team scores their first goal. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 7 Jan. 2023 After college internships in copywriting and social media, Daria turned her attention to public relations. Daria Smith, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Jan. 2023 Twitter’s communications and public relations staff were among those laid off after Musk’s takeover. WIRED, 6 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of public relations was in 1898

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“Public relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

public relations

: the business of creating public goodwill for a person, firm, or institution
: the degree of understanding and goodwill achieved

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