Definition of publicist in English:



  • 1A person responsible for publicizing a product, person, or company.

    • ‘But the simple reality is that the evil horde was repelled and the loyalty of the unnamed publicist to the unnamed producer of the unnamed co-production has been maintained.’
    • ‘I spent the next two days on the phone with my publicist and the producer, meticulously going over each joke I planned to use.’
    • ‘And then publicists and agents and managers talk.’
    • ‘He's also, to varying extents, the producer, publicist, talent scout, music director, photographer, and costume designer.’
    • ‘The world of press agents, publicists and leaking stories to the press was alien to her.’
    • ‘I either have lunch on set or with an agent, a publicist or a manager.’
    • ‘His publicists have produced a film showing the veteran politician without the turban, sitting for a haircut, and watching football.’
    • ‘All the models are there, all the hair and makeup backstage, all the publicists, all the producers.’
    • ‘Ordinary people who find themselves suddenly elevated to the heroic pantheon too often take with them their publicist and literary agent.’
    • ‘After endless letters and phone calls to the teams of publicists and agents who surround A-list celebrities, she finally managed to get each person to herself.’
    • ‘Some might say that these tales of celebrity heroism might be the product of hyper-imaginative publicists.’
    • ‘Hall's real problem is publicists who try to control how pictures are used.’
    • ‘If it's possible to say, the bang doesn't have a producer, agent or publicist.’
    • ‘Stephanie is part of a team of publicists, producers, coaches and managers who look after Tabby's frantic schedule, choreograph his songs and generally keep him on the path to fame.’
    • ‘She probably has her own business manager, her publicist, an agent.’
    • ‘He thanked producers, publicists and everyone associated with the original film.’
    • ‘She was impressed by the amount of people who greeted her publicist.’
    • ‘It appears more organised because of the publicists and managers involved, but it all sort of tumbled into place in a couple of weeks.’
    • ‘Often, self-published authors must wear many hats - designer, accountant, sales rep, publicist and travel agent.’
    • ‘I didn't have an agent or a publicist or even a manager.’
    organizer, manager, producer, stage manager
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  • 2A journalist, especially one concerned with current affairs.

    • ‘He is a tireless publicist who has authored many books, articles, prefaces and pamphlets.’
    • ‘He was the government's publicist, writing pamphlets, verses and periodicals which were instrumental in discrediting the Whigs.’
    the media, the newspapers, the papers, the news media, journalism, the newspaper world, the newspaper business, the print media, the fourth estate
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    1. 2.1 An expert on or writer in international law.
      • ‘In addition, the aforementioned provisions of the Versailles Treaty were harshly criticized by some eminent publicists, among them the Italian leading jurist and politician V. E. Orlando.’
      • ‘There is not much difference in this respect between the treatises of the early publicists and those of modern writers.’
      • ‘Numerous publicists advocated a national celebration before the first anniversary of 1813 and hence between 17 and 19 October 1814, festivities took place in hundreds of cities.’


Late 18th century: from French publiciste, from Latin (jus) publicum ‘public (law)’.