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 Unlike Chinese students in the West, some of whom have demonstrated against Hong Kong’s protest movement and torn down bulletin-board messages in support of it, mainland students in Hong Kong have usually been more restrained. The Economist, "Mainland Chinese are being attacked in Hong Kong," 7 Nov. 2019 The Army first became aware of a potential threat after receiving a bulletin from the FBI, the website Gizmodo reported. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "During ‘Joker’ opening weekend, LAPD will increase visibility at movie theaters," 27 Sep. 2019 All required firefighting and lifesaving equipment should be operational, the bulletin said. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Commercial boat operators asked to limit unsupervised cellphone charging after deadly dive boat fire," 12 Sep. 2019 Or an athlete tries as hard as possible not to produce a bulletin-board quote for the upcoming opponent. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Rapinoe Covers Spectrum of FIFA, Respect, Dutch on Women's World Cup Final Eve," 6 July 2019 Members of Orange County’s large Vietnamese community are furious after seeing images of Nguyen’s haggard face in a court photo and hearing word of his imprisonment via news bulletins from the Little Saigon media. Anh Do, latimes.com, "Last year he went on vacation to Vietnam. Now he faces 12 years in prison," 25 June 2019 The measure -- among others recommended in the bulletin -- comes after a deadly boat fire earlier this month sank the 75-foot dive boat Conception off the Southern California coast, killing 34 people. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Commercial boat operators asked to limit unsupervised cellphone charging after deadly dive boat fire," 12 Sep. 2019 In its August tax information bulletin (pdf), the country’s Inland Revenue Department published binding rules approving salaries and wages paid in cryptocurrency. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "New Zealand gives a vote of confidence in bitcoin, while the US remains wary," 15 Aug. 2019 The agency says Nissan has issued a technical service bulletin and two customer service actions related to the problem. Washington Post, "Consumer prices rose slightly in August," 13 Sep. 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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15 Nov 2019

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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 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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