bul·​le·​tin | \ ˈbu̇-lə-tᵊn How to pronounce bulletin (audio) also ˈbə- \

Definition of bulletin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a brief public notice issuing usually from an authoritative source specifically : a brief news item intended for immediate publication or broadcast
2 : periodical especially : the organ of an institution or association


bulletined; bulletining; bulletins

Definition of bulletin (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make public by bulletin

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Examples of bulletin in a Sentence

Noun The television program was interrupted for a news bulletin. picks up a church bulletin every Sunday after Mass
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This led to bulletin boards, file transfer sites, image galleries, and all sorts of content that was completely user-driven. Arthur Bright, The Christian Science Monitor, "Does the future of social media really hinge on these 26 words?," 18 Feb. 2021 An online video of the properties played for bidders showed inside photographs of peeling paint, old classroom chairs stacked alongside walls that had seen better days and bulletin boards with papers still held in place with thumbtacks and pins. Freep.com, "Support quality local journalism like this by becoming a subscriber.," 12 Feb. 2021 In New York City, where the local bulletin boards bristle with ads for lessons of all stripes—improv theater, sausage making, tarot card reading—this wasn’t a problem. Tom Vanderbilt, Wired, "Here’s What Learning to Juggle Does to Your Brain," 4 Feb. 2021 There is plenty of fun, consonant trivia about internet stock trading bulletin boards and chat rooms, as well as from the retail trading boom of the 1990s. New York Times, "Everything’s a Joke Until It’s Not," 29 Jan. 2021 Some people post controversial and revolutionary things on bulletin boards. Arkansas Online, "Going too far," 17 Jan. 2021 There is also a selection of whiteboards and bulletin boards. oregonlive, "Easily upgrade your home desk: Get organized, comfortable in 2021," 12 Jan. 2021 In its early days, some 50m viewers tuned in to each episode—an audience second only to the evening news bulletin produced by the state broadcaster. The Economist, "Officials in China abhor money-worship. A dating show glorifies it," 28 Nov. 2020 One of those is in Fairbanks and the location of the other nonresident is under investigation, according to a news bulletin Sunday from the heath department. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska reports 100 new COVID-19 cases; almost all are in residents," 9 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Okpealuk was last seen in an area near town called West Beach coming out of a tent, according to an Alaska State Troopers bulletin that says her clothing description and direction of travel were both unknown. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Another community search, but still no word about what happened to Nome woman missing for 2 weeks," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bulletin


1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bulletin


French, from Middle French, from bullette seal, notice, diminutive of bulle seal, from Medieval Latin bulla

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The first known use of bulletin was in 1765

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6 Mar 2021

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“Bulletin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulletin. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bulletin

: a quick announcement from an official source about an important piece of news
: a short piece of writing that an organization publishes to give news about itself


bul·​le·​tin | \ ˈbu̇-lə-tən How to pronounce bulletin (audio) \

Kids Definition of bulletin

: a short public notice usually coming from an informed or official source

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