Definition of public distance in English:

public distance

noun

  • 1In the study of proxemics: the physical distance maintained between an individual and others in certain formal or professional contexts such as public speaking or performance, typically defined as greater than 12 feet (approx. 3.7 metres).

  • 2A public appearance of remoteness from a person with whom or thing with which one may privately or clandestinely have a closer relationship.

Origin

1950s. From public + distance.

Pronunciation

public distance

/ˌpʌblɪk ˈdɪst(ə)ns/