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Madison Avenue

a street in New York City that is a center of the advertising and public relations industries and that has become a symbol of their attitudes, methods, and practices. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He stared at a street-sign and found that he was on Madison Avenue, up in the Fifties.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • "I am invited to spend the evening with some friends on Madison Avenue," said Dick.

    Fame and Fortune Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • I'm goin' out to spend the evening with some friends up in Madison Avenue.

    Fame and Fortune Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • How did you find your friends in Madison Avenue last evening, Mr. Hunter?

    Fame and Fortune Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • If he hunts up my address on Madison Avenue, the hall boy will send him there.

    The Ghost Breaker Charles Goddard
British Dictionary definitions for Madison Avenue

Madison Avenue

a street in New York City: a centre of American advertising and public-relations firms and a symbol of their attitudes and methods
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Madison Avenue

"values and business of advertising and public relations," 1954, from the street in Manhattan, laid out c.1836 and named for U.S. President James Madison. The concentration of advertising agencies there seems to date from the 1940s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Madison Avenue in Culture

Madison Avenue definition

A street in Manhattan on which many advertising and public relations firms have offices.

Note: The name of the street is often used to refer to the high-pressure techniques of the advertising business.
Note: “Madison Avenue hype” carries the connotation of misrepresentation or deliberate dishonesty.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for Madison Avenue

Madison Avenue


: Madison Avenue hype

noun phrase

The values, behavior, business, milieu, etc, of advertising and public relations (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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