Definition of publicist in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It appears more organised because of the publicists and managers involved, but it all sort of tumbled into place in a couple of weeks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He thanked producers, publicists and everyone associated with the original film.’
    • ‘She probably has her own business manager, her publicist, an agent.’
    • ‘She was impressed by the amount of people who greeted her publicist.’
    • ‘If it's possible to say, the bang doesn't have a producer, agent or publicist.’
    • ‘Some might say that these tales of celebrity heroism might be the product of hyper-imaginative publicists.’
    • ‘And then publicists and agents and managers talk.’
    • ‘Ordinary people who find themselves suddenly elevated to the heroic pantheon too often take with them their publicist and literary agent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The world of press agents, publicists and leaking stories to the press was alien to her.’
    • ‘His publicists have produced a film showing the veteran politician without the turban, sitting for a haircut, and watching football.’
    • ‘Hall's real problem is publicists who try to control how pictures are used.’
    • ‘He's also, to varying extents, the producer, publicist, talent scout, music director, photographer, and costume designer.’
    • ‘All the models are there, all the hair and makeup backstage, all the publicists, all the producers.’
    • ‘I spent the next two days on the phone with my publicist and the producer, meticulously going over each joke I planned to use.’
    • ‘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 either have lunch on set or with an agent, a publicist or a manager.’
    organizer, manager, producer, stage manager
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  • 2dated A journalist, especially one concerned with current affairs.

    • ‘He was the government's publicist, writing pamphlets, verses and periodicals which were instrumental in discrediting the Whigs.’
    • ‘He is a tireless publicist who has authored many books, articles, prefaces and pamphlets.’
    1. 2.1archaic A writer or other person skilled 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is not much difference in this respect between the treatises of the early publicists and those of modern writers.’


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