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

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


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 bulletin was planted on Whatdoesitmean.com—a site used to host a number of Russian disinformation campaigns. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Report: Russian intel started the Seth Rich rumor to cover for DNC hack," 9 July 2019 But Bourgeois assures us that there’s no need for much concern; the bulletin refers to the very small levees found in rice fields in the eel’s native territory. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "Asian swamp eels could be coming to a bayou near you," 28 June 2019 The lead bulletin carried a statement from General Dwight D. Eisenhower, commanding officer of the Allied forces, that had been transmitted over a trans-Atlantic wire. David Schutz, sun-sentinel.com, "ALLIES LAND IN FRANCE! Read our newspaper pages from D-Day 75 years ago today," 6 June 2019 Pending publication of the no-confidence vote in the national bulletin and the formality of the king’s invitation to form a government, Sánchez could be sworn in over the weekend. Washington Post, "Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy ousted amid corruption scandal," 2 June 2018 According to the traffic engineering bulletin, traffic along Cottage Hill will be detoured along Demetropolis, Azalea and U.S. 90. al.com, "Mobile: Cottage Hill Road closure to last 3-4 weeks," 13 June 2019 Authorities recently caught teens in possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia at variuos campuses in Pearland, according to a Pearland Police Department bulletin. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland police: Students snagged with drugs, paraphernalia," 5 June 2019 The government stopped regularly publishing health and mortality statistics in 2015, save for a rare release last year of a Health Ministry bulletin that showed that infant and maternal mortality had shot up. Luciana Magalhaes And Juan Forero, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Health Crisis Is Crossing the Border," 31 Oct. 2018 Those three bulletins were slightly different from today's version, featuring specifics of the baby's birth without any mention of the Queen and the royal family. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Baby Sussex’s Official Birth Announcement Differs from Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis’s," 6 May 2019

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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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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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