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

Keep scrolling for more

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 cities of Greeley, Brush, Sterling and Cheyenne are within the watch area, according to a 2:30 p.m. bulletin. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Threat of large hail and tornadoes in northeast Colorado, neighboring states under severe thunderstorm watch," 11 Sep. 2019 This isn't the first assault reported on campus this semester, according to safety bulletins posted by university police. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Police: Second sexual assault reported at Miami University," 3 Sep. 2019 Thieves targeted several residential construction sites earlier this month, according to a Pearland Police Department bulletin. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Copper reported stolen from Pearland construction sites," 22 Aug. 2019 According to a bulletin issued at 4:13 p.m, the warning covered Baltimore city, as well as southern Baltimore County and northeastern Anne Arundel County. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County firefighters rescue kayakers caught in downpours Saturday," 29 June 2019 The State Bureau of Investigation then put out a lookout bulletin for a black 2003 Escalade that all three had been seen in earlier in the day. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Man pleads guilty to 2 Alabama murders, robberies in 6 counties," 11 Sep. 2019 Out of a welter of sketchy bulletins, counter-claims and unpronounceable names flowing from Poland, the broad outlines of Germany’s assault began to take shape. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Invasion of Poland Wasn't Hitler's First Aggression. Here's Why That Move Marked the Beginning of WWII," 30 Aug. 2019 Finally, nab a ship map and a copy of the daily bulletin, which outlines the locations of and schedules for meals, activities, and entertainment. Elissa Garay, Condé Nast Traveler, "A First-Timer's Guide to Cruising," 14 Aug. 2019 The bulletin from the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) came one day after South Korea's military detected North Korea firing two projectiles into the sea. Fox News, "North Korea says latest missile tests were 'warning' to US, South Korea over military exercises," 6 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bulletin.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bulletin

Statistics for bulletin

Last Updated

4 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bulletin

The first known use of bulletin was in 1765

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bulletin



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bulletin

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bulletin

Spanish Central: Translation of bulletin

Nglish: Translation of bulletin for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of bulletin for Arabic Speakers

Comments on bulletin

What made you want to look up bulletin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!