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 supportb : the dissemination of information or promotional materialc : paid advertisingd : public attention or acclaim
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.
Recent Examples of publicity from the Web
The tweet gained a lot of publicity after a retweet from Arsenal's official Twitter account.
Kenton’s larger-than-like adventures are the also stuff of legend, but Boone had the better publicity.
But attorney Terry Ekl downplayed the impact of pretrial publicity, even in such high-profile cases.
Truitt said, in court filings, that extra level of screening is needed because of the media publicity of the case and comments made by Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. could taint the jury pool.
The flight is part publicity stunt, part launch test.
Following publicity about the studies, anyone could download the apps associated with the research.
NAIROBI — Even before the corruption trial of Equatorial Guinea’s vice president began in France this week, there was no shortage of publicity about the lavish lifestyle of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.
The widespread publicity about the company’s bad behavior threatens to turn off drivers and riders alike, giving them incentive to switch over to Lyft instead.
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First Known Use of publicity
PUBLICITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of publicity for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of publicity for Students
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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