[pruh-moh-shuh n]
  1. advancement in rank or position.
  2. furtherance or encouragement.
  3. the act of promoting.
  4. the state of being promoted.
  5. something devised to publicize or advertise a product, cause, institution, etc., as a brochure, free sample, poster, television or radio commercial, or personal appearance.
  6. Also called queening. Chess. the replacement of a pawn that has reached the enemy's first rank by a more powerful piece of the same color, usually a queen.

Origin of promotion

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin prōmōtiōn- (stem of prōmōtiō). See promote, -ion
Related formspro·mo·tion·al, adjectivenon·pro·mo·tion, nounpre·pro·mo·tion, nounself-pro·mo·tion, nounun·pro·mo·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of self-promotion

  • He had not included any such thing in his calculations when he had hit upon his brilliant scheme of self-promotion.

    Skinner's Dress Suit

    Henry Irving Dodge

British Dictionary definitions for self-promotion


  1. the act or practice of promoting one's own interests, profile, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-promotion



c.1400, "advancement in rank or position," from Old French promocion "election, promotion" (14c., Modern French promotion) and directly from Latin promotionem (nominative promotio) "a moving forward," noun of action from past participle stem of promovere (see promote). Meaning "advertising, publicity" first recorded 1925.

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self-promotion in Medicine


  1. The stimulation of the progress or growth of a tumor following initiation by a promoter.
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