publicity

noun
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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Working together Over time, Julie has shifted her work from publicity to screenwriting. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "A Rare Look Inside Paul Rudd's Nearly 25-Year Relationship With His Wife, Julie Yaeger," 25 Apr. 2019 These gestures are amplified by the league’s publicity machine, and players revered by their fans. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Going to Lose His War on Football," 5 June 2018 But mother-daughter fashions surged in the late 1930s, partly driven by the Hollywood publicity machine. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "The Curious History of Mommy-and-Me Fashion," 13 May 2018 But there is a third Chinese company that has grown to be one of the world’s largest phone makers without garnering much publicity. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "China’s Mobile-Phone Giant in Africa," 19 Apr. 2019 President Siebert tells Sheldon not to worry about Pemberton and Campbell’s publicity blitz. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 5 Apr. 2019 The protocol isn’t just about publicity or the way that breathless, irresponsible news reporting can make celebrities out of terrorists and mass shooters. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Isn’t Breathing the Name of the Christchurch Attacker," 20 Mar. 2019 Oh, and bragging rights until season 2 crowns its champion. Don't get us wrong, the trophy is pretty cool looking and the publicity T-Pain and the rest of the contestants received is truly ... Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "T-Pain's 'Masked Singer' Winner Prize Is a Little Disappointing," 28 Feb. 2019 Other advertisements are taking place on social media, and a publicity road trip is being staged this week at spots in the Keys. Larry Barszewski, Sun-Sentinel.com, "If you've got a car, Florida's got the Keys," 26 June 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 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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