Definition of advertisement in English:


Syllabification: ad·ver·tise·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈadvərˌtīzmənt, ədˈvərtiz-


  • 1A notice or announcement in a public medium promoting a product, service, or event or publicizing a job vacancy: advertisements for alcoholic drinks we received only two replies to our advertisement
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    • It has produced non-commercial public service advertisements, including ones for the 1999 election.
    • And nowhere is this science more exciting than in the advertisements for personal care products.
    • City pages of newspapers are filled with high visibility advertisements for new products.
    ad, announcement, notice; commercial, infomercial, promotion, endorsement, blurb, write-up; poster, leaflet, pamphlet, flyer, bill, handbill, handout, fact sheet, circular, bulletin, brochure, sign, placard, junk mail
    informal plug
  • 1.1 (advertisement for) • informal A person or thing regarded as a means of recommending something: unhappy clients are not a good advertisement for the company
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    • All in all it makes a poor advertisement for the firm.
    • The film is no bad advertisement for the company, either.
    • The current edition is a dull, impersonal and ill - judged advertisement for what we trust is the excitement to come.
  • 1.2 archaic A notice to readers in a book.
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    • The other is an 18th century advertisement for a slave auction.


late Middle English (denoting a statement calling attention to something): from Old French advertissement, from the verb advertir (see advertise).

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