Definition of publicity in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəbˈlisədē/


1The notice or attention given to someone or something by the media: the case attracted wide publicity in the press
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  • Bail Not Jail has also attracted publicity from other media throughout the week.
  • Plenty of celebrities complain about media harassment when publicity about their lives is not to their liking.
  • Corporations fear media attention but risk maps have not generated negative publicity in the media.
public attention, public interest, public notice, media attention/interest, face time, exposure, glare, limelight
1.1The giving out of information about a product, person, or company for advertising or promotional purposes: head of publicity and marketing [as modifier]: publicity photographs
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  • It said early publicity and advertising campaigns had helped to make the events last year so successful.
  • All the pieces, from casting to production to publicity to marketing have to work.
  • Noise-making culprits will also be directly targeted in a hard-hitting publicity campaign based on market research.
promotion, advertising, propaganda;
boost, push;
informal hype, ballyhoo, puffery, buildup, razzmatazz
1.2Material or information used for publicity: we distributed publicity from a stall in the marketplace
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  • Their artwork will feature in all publicity and marketing material used by the KFO during its anniversary year.
  • If it was in an art gallery it was art and if it wasn't other ways of drawing attention to it had to be devised - magazines, publicity and texts.
  • It has also been responsible for the new tone of lottery publicity, with its emphasis on what the cash will be used for, as much as the possibility of winning.


Late 18th century: from French publicité, from public 'public' (see public).

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Syllabification: pub·lic·i·ty

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