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

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 NBC News joined the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which obtained the internal memos and bulletins, together with 17 news organizations around the world, to report on the cache. NBC News, "Woman in Netherlands says she leaked secret Chinese documents on Uighur 're-education' camps," 7 Dec. 2019 Amnesty International has issued an urgent bulletin, warning that Teyip may soon be executed. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Missing and in danger in China," 22 Sep. 2019 Whatever bulletin-board material the next day's newspaper stories provided for the Colts didn't help, as the Jets scored a 16-7 victory. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Alabama 200: See top 10 sports moments in Alabama history," 27 Nov. 2019 Miami police were able to identify her shortly after releasing a sketch of her on Sunday afternoon, when Miami Shores police put out a bulletin about a missing Barry University student with a matching description. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Burned car may belong to murdered Barry University student," 14 Feb. 2018 The sheriff’s office ordered an autopsy and the results came back Monday, the same day SAPD put out a bulletin for Cabello. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Details emerge in death of man reported missing," 20 Nov. 2019 Officials with the police special investigations division obtained surveillance footage of the incident and distributed a crime bulletin with a photo of the suspect. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Police arrest man accused of throwing incendiary device that exploded near San Francisco officer," 14 Nov. 2019 As if Utah needed more motivation, UCLA supplied bulletin-board material. oregonlive, "Was Oregon’s victory over Arizona a prime-time performance? Beavers make a bowl bid: Issues & Answers," 17 Nov. 2019 Harbaugh has been guilty of making similar remarks throughout his coaching career, providing bulletin-board material and instigating feuds when none previously existed. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Long an agitator, Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh showers rival Mark Dantonio with praise," 12 Nov. 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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The first known use of bulletin was in 1765

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25 Jan 2020

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“Bulletin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulletin. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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