publicity

noun
pub·​lic·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)pə-ˈbli-sə-tē, -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

Synonyms

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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Lime's been on a roll this year and is going into 2019 with a lot of money, energy, and good publicity. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Google Maps Now Shows You How Long It Would Take to Go By Scooter," 13 Dec. 2018 Power saw the bigger benefit as publicity, rather than money, but soon the firm upped that number. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "How James David Power III created the only car ranking company you’ve ever heard of.," 27 Nov. 2018 The city’s publicity campaign—lead by boostery videos of Mayor Sly James leaving 5-star product reviews on Amazon—helped attract worldwide media attention. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2: Why some cities feel like winners, despite losing," 28 Sep. 2018 Ayesha Curry also caught wind of it all (and probably enjoyed the free publicity) Read More undefined Alright alright I’ve been entertained enough for the evening. Langston Wertz Jr., charlotteobserver, "Why Houston Rockets fans are bashing Ayesha Curry's soon-to-open restaurant in Houston.," 21 June 2018 As the result of a publicity stunt cooked up in days of yore, the Detroit Lions always play a football game right around lunchtime on Thanksgiving Day. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "We Can All Be Thankful America Doesn’t Have Putin," 24 Nov. 2018 The odd choice of gift may have been a publicity stunt, the Daily Mail reports. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Had the Funniest Reaction to Receiving Carrots During the Royal Tour," 19 Oct. 2018 Here's a look at some popular brands that tweaked their names in 2018, starting with the infamous IHOB switch, which the restaurant chain later admitted was part of a publicity stunt. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Dunkin Donuts, IHOP and other popular chains that made surprising name changes," 27 Sep. 2018 The city council had kept their Kraft negotiations secret to make sure the publicity stunt would be a surprise for residents—but that probably violates Florida's open meeting laws, says Barbara Petersen of the First Amendment Foundation. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Mayo, Florida Was Just Renamed for a Different Condiment," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of publicity

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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publicity

noun

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

publicity

noun
pub·​lic·​i·​ty | \ ˌpə-ˈbli-sə-tē \

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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