pub·​lic·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)pə-ˈbli-sə-tē How to pronounce publicity (audio) , -ˈbli-stē\

Definition of publicity

1 : the quality or state of being public
2a : an act or device designed to attract public interest specifically : information with news value issued as a means of gaining public attention or support
b : the dissemination of information or promotional material
c : paid advertising
d : public attention or acclaim

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Synonyms for publicity


ballyhoo, hype, puffery

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Examples of publicity in a Sentence

His public appearances are good publicity for the new movie. An arrest for drunk driving is bad publicity for any celebrity. The film has gotten some good publicity. She has received a lot of publicity for her latest novel. The studio spent a lot of money on publicity for the movie.
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This new wave of worldwide publicity only worsens my despair. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Jeffrey Epstein's accusers had their day in court, but not in the way they had hoped for," 27 Aug. 2019 Again, Raiders employees encouraged the owner to embrace a moment of favorable publicity. Jon Wertheim,, "How the Influence of Al Davis Shaped the Modern NFL," 27 Aug. 2019 Popeyes has certainly come out a winner in this latest debate, at least in terms of publicity. Katie Workman, Houston Chronicle, "Fans choose sides in the 'Chicken Sandwich War' of our time," 22 Aug. 2019 Basically, Bachelor in Paradise couldn't have dreamed up this level of pre-show drama to set the table for the new season, and Stagecoach couldn't have dreamed up this level of publicity. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, "Stagecoach Invites 'Bachelor in Paradise' Gang Back Next Year After Festival Weekend Stirs Up Offscreen Drama," 6 Aug. 2019 Its founder, Ben Reeves, is extremely shy of publicity, while many in the crypto world regard Smith as an enigma who emerged out of nowhere to become CEO. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Blockchain Launches ‘Fastest’ Crypto Exchange in the World," 30 July 2019 There has been quite a lot of publicity on how bad this can be for children. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Intensity of grandson’s devotion to video games is worrisome," 10 July 2019 There has been quite a lot of publicity on how bad this can be for children. Dear Abby,, "Dear Abby: Grandson’s video game obsession, tantrums prove worrisome," 9 July 2019 Senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller and other White House officials urged the arrests and deportations to be carried out in a highly visible fashion for the sake of maximum publicity. Anchorage Daily News, "Fear of immigration raids looms as plans for ICE ‘family operation’ move forward," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of publicity

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of publicity

: something that attracts the attention of the public
: attention that is given to someone or something by newspapers, magazines, television news programs, etc.
: the activity or business of getting people to give attention to someone or something


pub·​lic·​i·​ty | \ ˌpə-ˈbli-sə-tē How to pronounce publicity (audio) \

Kids Definition of publicity

1 : attention that is given to someone or something by the media
2 : something that attracts the interest of the public His appearance on TV was good publicity.

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