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[in-fuh-mur-shuh l, -foh-] /ˌɪn fəˈmɜr ʃəl, -foʊ-/
noun, Radio and Television.
a long commercial that informs or instructs, especially in an original and entertaining manner:
an infomercial on making Christmas decorations using the sponsor's brand of glue.
Also, informercial.
Origin of infomercial
blend of information and commercial Unabridged
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a short film, usually for television, which advertises a product or service in an informative way
Word Origin
C20: from info + (com)mercial
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Word Origin and History for infomercial

1983, from info- + commercial. Before infomercial was the print form, advertorial (1961).

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Slang definitions & phrases for infomercial



A television program that tells or teaches something and is also advertising a product: has been doing infomercials, a Taco Bell ad/ Infomercials got their initial boost in 1984, when the FCC freed local stations from limits on the amount of commercial time they could air

[1983+; fr information plus commercial]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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