infomercial

[in-fuh-mur-shuh l, -foh-]
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noun Radio and Television.
  1. 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.

Origin of infomercial

blend of information and commercial
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infomercial

noun
  1. a short film, usually for television, which advertises a product or service in an informative way

Word Origin for infomercial

C20: from info + (com) mercial
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Word Origin and History for infomercial
n.

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

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