pub·​li·​cist | \ ˈpə-blə-sist How to pronounce publicist (audio) \

Definition of publicist

1a : an expert in international law
b : an expert or commentator on public affairs
2 : one that publicizes specifically : press agent

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Recent Examples on the Web Two political newcomers are running in the Republican primary in the hope of delivering the seat to the GOP in November: health care publicist Jessi Ebben of Eau Clare and former Navy SEAL Derrick Van Orden. Oren Oppenheim, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Voter guide: What you should know for the Aug. 11 primary elections in Wisconsin," 31 July 2020 Daniels' death was confirmed by his publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, to The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "'What a hero': Charlie Daniels mourned by Luke Combs, Meghan McCain, Luke Bryan, more stars," 6 July 2020 According to Oscilloscope publicist Sydney Tanigawa, the split is 50/50 between distributor and record stores. Matt Wake |, al, "Blind Melon documentary’s Alabama record store tie-in," 6 July 2020 Nanci Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and cofounder of BWR Public Relations who became close to such stars as Renée Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Los Angeles. Mark Kennedy,, "Hollywood power publicist and pal to stars Nanci Ryder dies," 12 June 2020 This sort of structure is different from that of a Hollywood celebrity, for example, who can quickly make a statement via a publicist or directly on their social media accounts. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Was Reportedly ‘Actively Prevented’ From Responding to Rumors," 8 July 2020 The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member died at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn., according to his publicist. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Charlie Daniels, Pioneering Country and Rock Musician, Dies at 83," 6 July 2020 About 50,000 tickets to screenings across the country were sold today within a two-hour timeframe, according to an email from Brooks’ publicist. Mary Colurso |, al, "Ticketmaster glitch halts sales for Garth Brooks drive-in shows," 19 June 2020 The confident, hardworking, camera-ready young woman of a publicist’s dreams apparently had an evil twin: a woman, pedigreed and usually white, who was not only as accomplished as her male counterparts, but just as cruel and demanding too. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "What Comes After the Girlboss?," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of publicist

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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4 Aug 2020

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“Publicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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

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