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 bacteria has been found in Egyptian mummies from about 3400 B.C., according to an April 2017 bulletin from Dr. Bruce Chandler, the resident tuberculosis expert for the city of Anchorage. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the city health worker who tracks down tuberculosis patients in Anchorage," 3 July 2018 French officials have sent out an all-points bulletin via Interpol, an international criminal investigative agency. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Yes, Hollywood Did Influence That Helicopter Jailbreak in France," 2 July 2018 Boeing, for its part, updated its safety bulletin with information on how to disengage the system. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air Pilots Tried to Override Technical Glitch Before Fatal Crash," 28 Nov. 2018 North Korean State broadcaster Korea Central Television opened its first news bulletin after the news of Trump's announcement with a story about passenger riverboat travel in Pyongyang. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "Is North Korea's silence on the Trump-Kim summit a worry?," 15 Mar. 2018 Clayton County police say in a missing persons bulletin that Wahhaj and the child were last seen Dec. 13 in Alabama, traveling with five other children and two adults. Fox News, "The Latest: Compound littered with trash, kids hungry," 6 Aug. 2018 The manufacturer provided a safety bulletin to airlines about disengaging the feature prior to the crash, and is currently facing lawsuits from some of the victims' families. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Authorities Find Cockpit Voice Recorder of Crashed Lion Air Flight 610," 14 Jan. 2019 The company’s social media managers scrupulously report the daily disruption of buses in a sad bulletin. New York Times, "Rome Is Burning (or at Least Its Buses Are)," 10 May 2018 Following the crash, Boeing issued a bulletin with information on how to disengage the safety feature to prevent a crash. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Reportedly Failed to Provide Key Safety Info to Pilots Before Lion Air Crash," 14 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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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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