bul·​le·​tin | \ˈbu̇-lə-tᵊn 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


The television program was interrupted for a news bulletin. picks up a church bulletin every Sunday after Mass

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Such a scenario, Boeing told airlines in a world-wide safety bulletin roughly a week after the accident, can result in a steep dive or crash—even if pilots are manually flying the jetliner and don’t expect flight-control computers to kick in. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing Withheld Information on 737 Model, According to Safety Experts and Others," 12 Nov. 2018 Clayton County police said in a missing persons bulletin that Wahhaj and his son were last seen Dec. 13 in Alabama, traveling with five other children and two adults. Fox News, "Moms of 11 children found at New Mexico compound arrested," 6 Aug. 2018 The church bulletin said Alex's heart had gone to a boy, age 16, only a year older than Alex. Eric Adler And Aaron Randle, kansascity, "In death, Shawnee Mission East teen saves life of his pastor's brother | The Kansas City Star," 26 Mar. 2018 The Trump administration said this bulletin contravened the Affordable Care Act in several ways. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump Administration Blocks Idaho’s Plan to Circumvent Health Law," 8 Mar. 2018 The situation looked so alarming that the public health authorities of England and the European Union rushed out urgent bulletins, warning hospitals to look for the arrival of the bug. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 The manufacturer had issued two service bulletins last year calling for additional inspections of fan blades on the CFM56-7B engines following a similar incident in 2016 on another Southwest plane. Julie Johnsson And Alan Levin, BostonGlobe.com, "FAA is said to plan emergency engine checks after fatal accident," 20 Apr. 2018 No hateful signs, and American flags only, the organizer of the demonstration, the League of United Latin American Citizens, urged in its bulletin. Todd Heisler, New York Times, "A Long Journey North for Migrants That May End Where It Started," 30 June 2018 It was not immediately known Monday what information was provided on the bulletin and whether there was mention of a warrant. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "Authorities release dramatic 911 tape, police audio of fatal shooting of Deptford shoplifting suspect," 18 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of bulletin

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

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