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


ballyhoo, hype

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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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To be clear, the Next Generation-era bridge Huddleston found some publicity around is not the one that was used in the filming of the famed television show. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man who saved NCC-1701-D touring bridge pleads guilty to child porn charge," 22 June 2018 These moves have resulted in the elimination of positions in our research and strategy, publicity, media, operations, consumer and distribution groups. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sony Pictures Issues Layoffs as Part of Marketing Reorganization," 11 July 2018 But the publicity surrounding the problem — the tree shaking — may have brought forward narcolepsy diagnoses that might otherwise only have come to light later. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A stubborn medical mystery: Was pandemic flu vaccine tied to an increase in narcolepsy cases?," 5 July 2018 While the research generated some publicity, there have been no significant repercussions for Facebook. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Tusks, Horns, and Claws: The Fight to Dismantle the Facebook Animal Parts Bazaar," 5 June 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly returning $9.3 million (£7 million) in wedding gifts because palace aides want to prevent people and companies from using the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Sussex for publicity, The Express reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Reportedly Returning $9 Million Worth of Wedding Gifts," 31 May 2018 Generally speaking, that's who journalists are, versus this idea of them being in it for the publicity, which is going to be a criticism. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "The New York Times," 25 May 2018 Toronto's size was a problem for the Pacers The Raptors have an All-Star backcourt that gets most of the publicity, featuring DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers look exhausted, lose to Raptors as playoff race continues," 6 Apr. 2018 The list will be trimmed in March to seven finalists, who will receive $7,777 and assistance with publicity, marketing, sponsorship development and industry networking. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six Wisconsin racers are in the running for Kulwicki Driver Development Program support," 15 Feb. 2018

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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 \

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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