publicity

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

Definition of publicity

1 :the quality or state of being public
2 a :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

Examples of publicity in a Sentence

  1. His public appearances are good publicity for the new movie.

  2. An arrest for drunk driving is bad publicity for any celebrity.

  3. The film has gotten some good publicity.

  4. She has received a lot of publicity for her latest novel.

  5. The studio spent a lot of money on publicity for the movie.

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First Known Use of publicity

1609



PUBLICITY Defined for English Language Learners

publicity

noun

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

publicity

noun pub·lic·i·ty \ ˌpə-ˈbli-sə-tē \

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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