Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Information that concerns a person, group, event, or product and that is disseminated through various media to attract public notice.
  • n. Public interest, notice, or notoriety achieved by the spreading of such information.
  • n. The act, process, or occupation of disseminating information to gain public interest.
  • n. The condition of being public.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Advertising or other activity designed to rouse public interest in something.
  • n. Public interest attracted in this way.
  • n. The condition of being the object of public attention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being public, or open to the knowledge of a community; notoriety; publicness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being public, or open to the observation or inquiry of a community; notoriety: as, to give publicity to a private communication.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being open to public view
  • n. a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution

Etymologies

French publicité, from public, public, from Old French; see public.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French publicité. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I hope all this (mostly negative) Palin publicity is actually going to help Obama win.

    Thoughts on the US general elections « One Size Fits One

  • I know full well that expert book reviewers, librarians, and teachers don't get the $$$ that many a publisher and/or book creator does ... and I also know full well that no expert reviewer, librarian, or teacher has the vested self interest in publicity that most book creator/blogger reviewers have -- not that such publicity is as much of a publicity as the bloggers seem to think it it all is.

    This is why I don't have a blogroll. Or friends.

  • So to be so angry and hasty about the publicity is a waste of your energy.

    Congressman Peter King Defends Michael Jackson “Pervert” Rant

  • And the sheriff told us today at the press conference, not only are the mom and dad involved in the conspiracy but they are looking at production companies and media outlets around the country, and they may send their sheriffs deputies out of state to interview some of these people and try to get to the bottom of really who was involved in this, what they call publicity stunt.

    CNN Transcript Oct 18, 2009

  • You will be aware -- if our publicity is at all effective -- that our Railway lines serve all of Canada and 11 States South of the Border.

    Talking Shop

  • A jealous few were enraged at what they called publicity hunting, but most realised that it was not a private fight.

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

  • Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday denounced Jones' "trial" - which he described as a "publicity stunt" - and said Congress would "take a look at" a possible condemnation of the act.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • In a news conference discussing what he called a publicity stunt, Alderden said county social service workers had been called in to check on the safety of the three Heene boys.

    coloradoan.com - Local News

  • What kind of publicity is short fiction ever given, really?

    Salute Your Shorts

  • Needless to say, that kind of publicity is not good for business.

    Turning a Social Profit: Human Rights in the Age of Globalisation

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