a. Public interest, notice, or notoriety generated or gained by disseminating information through various media: The book has received widespread publicity.
b. The act, process, or occupation of disseminating information to gain public interest: the company's ongoing publicity of its new product; has a job in publicity.
c. Information about someone or something that is disseminated through various media to attract public notice: The publicity that went out about the film was not very exciting.
2. Archaic The condition of being public.
[French publicité, from public, public, from Old French; see PUBLIC.]
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