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 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 Boeing updated its Max 8 safety bulletin after November's disaster, providing information on how to disengage the automatic nose-down safety feature. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The United States Grounds All Boeing 737 Max 8 And 9 Jets," 13 Mar. 2019 After the crash, Boeing issued a bulletin to operators about how to deal with the problem. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Lion Air Co-Founder Considers Canceling Giant Boeing Order After Indonesia Crash," 5 Dec. 2018 On November 22, 1963, at 12:40 p.m. CST -- just 10 minutes after President Kennedy was shot -- CBS broadcast the first nationwide TV news bulletin on the shooting. Tricia Escobedo, CNN, "5 things you may not know about JFK's assassination," 20 Mar. 2018 However, news of el-Sissi’s meetings and his comments dominate the front pages of almost all newspapers on a daily basis and routinely top television news bulletins. Hamza Hendawi, The Seattle Times, "Campaigning for Egypt’s presidential vote underway," 25 Feb. 2018 The bulletin included the man’s address at a small apartment building in the 200 block of West James Street, across from Kent Station, Kasner said. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "During SWAT standoff, Kent man wanted by Seattle police fatally shoots himself," 18 Feb. 2019 Then zombies threaten to take over her peaceful little town, Little Haven, and, according to bulletins on TV, the rest of the world. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Review: The Horrors of High School," 29 Nov. 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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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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