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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Simpson didn’t respond to a request for an interview through a publicist. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, "This secret donor has given USC $400 million," 5 Sep. 2019 On The Border on Knox Street is the brand's first restaurant, even after the move, a publicist said. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Longtime On The Border restaurant is closing in Dallas this weekend," 31 July 2019 Prince's publicist Rick Miramontez said Prince died Wednesday after a brief illness in Reykjavik, Iceland., "Broadway director and producer Hal Prince dead," 31 July 2019 The late actor’s publicist told the Associated Press that Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side. Rachel Yang,, "Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, and more celebs mourn Rip Torn: 'You wonderful madman'," 10 July 2019 Miles passed away on Wednesday in Manhattan in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, her publicist Mauricio Padilha told The New York Times. Alexia Fernandez,, "Sylvia Miles, Oscar Nominee for Midnight Cowboy and Farewell, My Lovely, Dead at 94," 12 June 2019 Winkler, through his publicist, declined to comment. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019 Morgan’s publicist told The Patch that he was not harmed in the incident, and images from the scene suggest neither car suffered too much damage. Fox News, "Tracy Morgan crashed his $2 million Bugatti in New York City," 5 June 2019 Johansson’s publicist Marcel Pariseau tells The Associated Press Sunday that the private couple is officially engaged after two years of dating. Kristin M. Hall, The Seattle Times, "AP Exclusive: Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are engaged," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of publicist

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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