According to Dictionary.com, "publicity" means extensive mention by word-of-mouth, the news media or by some other form of communication. It also means the process, measures or business of securing public notice, as well as the state of being public or open to general observation.
"Publicity" also refers to the articles and advertisements used to secure the attention of the public. Related forms of "publicity" include "over-publicity" and "non-publicity." An example sentence using the word "publicity" is: "It seems only reasonable that there would be some type of publicity for this milestone." The word has French and Latin roots, and its earliest use in English goes back to the 18th century.