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

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 The following items were taken from the Niles Police Department bulletin. Chicago Tribune, 17 June 2022 The sheriff's office sent out a bulletin looking for Antione Mithon, Nicholson Fontilus, Peter Berlus, Anderson Petit-Frere, Steevenson Jacquet and Oriol Jean. Jamiel Lynch And Tina Burnside, CNN, 13 June 2022 Just last week, a Department of Homeland Security threat bulletin warned that domestic violent extremism remains one of the biggest terrorist threats in the country. CBS News, 12 June 2022 The Department of Homeland Security released a bulletin earlier this week that said homegrown violent extremists may be targeting migrants and other groups, fueled in part by conspiracy theories. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, 11 June 2022 The bulletin notably focused far more on homegrown extremism than threats from abroad. Grayson Quay, The Week, 8 June 2022 When alerted, San Francisco police put out a bulletin to officers and an alert on the San Francisco Citizen app, but its reach is only 1 mile, Dunleavy said. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 May 2022 All that plays out here in unexpected ways, like a stark bulletin from another time. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 The bulletin received a line-by-line review from officials at the FCC and the White House’s National Economic Council, according to an FAA staffer involved in the matter. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, 26 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Messages tacked to bulletin boards and written on dressing room blackboards conveyed the spirit of the team. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2022 Viewers are asked to respond to prompts based on works on view in the show by scribbling notes or making sketches on brightly colored pieces of paper, and pinning them to bulletin boards. Steven Litt, cleveland, 7 Nov. 2021 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, 14 Sep. 2020 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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“Bulletin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulletin. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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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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