- extensive mention in the news media or by word of mouth or other means of communication.
- public notice so gained.
- the measures, process, or business of securing public notice.
- information, articles, or advertisements issued to secure public notice or attention.
- the state of being public, or open to general observation or knowledge.
Origin of publicity
Examples from the Web for publicity
There was no publicity at the time about the deal he made with an old connection from his days at Yale.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
December 18, 2014
In 1945 or 1946, Hitch and Alma were in New York with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, on a publicity tour.
Now that he was Sir Alfred, there was one final blast of publicity.
He's dazzling, fielding questions, spinning out anecdotes and limericks, sounding 35 and hungry for publicity.
He was in publicity heaven, a place he adored, and he was full of talk of the future.
But their baseness lies in their privacy, not in their publicity.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
We do not pretend to conceal from you the fact that we are anxious to avoid all publicity, all scandal.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
You didn't see that when you left New York, and therefore you were afraid of publicity.A Woman Intervenes
Also obtained some publicity by expensive exploring in Canada and New Hampshire.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
But I was terribly hampered by the publicity which attended my movements.The Prisoner of Zenda
- 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
- public interest resulting from information supplied by such a technique or process
- information used to draw public attention to people, products, etc
- the state of being public
Word Origin and History for publicity
1791, "condition of being public," from French publicité (1690s), from Medieval Latin publicitatem (nominative publicitas), from Latin publicus (see public (adj.)). Sense of "a making (something) known, an exposure to the public" is from 1826, shading by c.1900 into "advertising, business of promotion." Publicity stunt first recorded 1908.