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bul·​le·​tin ˈbu̇-lə-tᵊn How to pronounce bulletin (audio)
 also  ˈbə-
: a brief public notice issuing usually from an authoritative source
specifically : a brief news item intended for immediate publication or broadcast
: periodical
especially : the organ of an institution or association


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bulletined; bulletining; bulletins

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
The bulletin said pilots reduced flight speed and stopped climbing as the engineer and the third pilot went to check it out. Rebecca Cohen, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2023 Military background Card is enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and has an active military ID, which gives him access to any military base, according to a Maine law enforcement bulletin seen by CBS News. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 26 Oct. 2023 Wind speeds approached 165 mph on Wednesday as the storm approached Acapulco, a Mexican resort town, at about 1 a.m. local time, according to a bulletin. Max Golembo, ABC News, 25 Oct. 2023 To counter stories in newspapers and carried by television stations under the BJP government’s sway, one volunteer assembled a news bulletin every day and distributed hard copies to curious readers who queued up for them. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 The Associated Press, citing a state police bulletin, reports the suspect had recently been committed to a mental health facility for two weeks this past summer. Greg Hanlon, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2023 Card had been trained at a U.S. Army Reserve training facility in Maine, according to a police bulletin reviewed by the Associated Press, and over the summer was committed to a mental health facility for two weeks. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 26 Oct. 2023 According to the bulletin, Card has two other vehicles registered to him. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 26 Oct. 2023 The international law firm Winston & Strawn rescinded a job offer to a New York University student who wrote a message in the Student Bar Association bulletin saying Israel was entirely to blame for the bloodshed. Alexandra Olson, Fortune, 23 Oct. 2023
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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Word History



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

First Known Use


1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bulletin was in 1765

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Cite this Entry

“Bulletin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulletin. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a brief public notice usually from an informed or official source
news bulletin

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