[ puh-blis-i-tee ]
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  1. extensive mention in the news media or by word of mouth or other means of communication.

  2. public notice so gained.

  1. the measures, process, or business of securing public notice.

  2. information, articles, or advertisements issued to securepublic notice or attention.

  3. the state of being public, or open to general observation or knowledge.

Origin of publicity

1785–95; <French publicité<Medieval Latin pūblicitās.See public, -ity

Other words from publicity

  • non·pub·lic·i·ty, noun
  • o·ver·pub·lic·i·ty, noun
  • pro·pub·lic·i·ty, adjective
  • su·per·pub·lic·i·ty, noun

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How to use publicity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for publicity


/ (pʌˈblɪsɪtɪ) /

    • the technique or process of attracting public attention to people, products, etc, as by the use of the mass media

    • (as modifier): a publicity agent

  1. public interest resulting from information supplied by such a technique or process

  1. information used to draw public attention to people, products, etc

  2. the state of being public

Origin of publicity

C18: via French from Medieval Latin pūblicitās; see public

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