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noun (1)

post·​er ˈpō-stər How to pronounce poster (audio)
: a usually large printed sheet that often contains pictures and is posted in a public place (as to promote something)
: a usually large printed sheet that is put on a wall as decoration
: a person who posts something online (see post entry 2 sense 3)
The case is among a growing number of defamation claims nationally that target anonymous Internet posters to websites operated by news media and other owners.Jeff Swiatek
posterlike adjective
an image with a posterlike quality


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postered; postering; posters

transitive + intransitive

: to put up posters on walls or surfaces : to affix posters to
postered her bedroom walls with images of her favorite athletes
They were not exactly old hands when it came to postering abandoned buildings, walls and fences in the dead of night.Nancy Kapitanoff
That we were in fact postering for so innocuous an event as a poetry reading was cause for greater amusement …The Baffler


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noun (2)

: a swift traveler

Examples of poster in a Sentence

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At Hillel, posters of kidnapped Israelis mysteriously disappeared overnight. Fiona Glisson, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2023 The poster also contains trivia knowledge about the states for kids to learn. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 There were also posters glued to the building that featured a Star of David with a knife through it, and there were posters of conspiracy theories about Jews and 9/11. Misty Severi, Washington Examiner, 16 Nov. 2023 The Soviet posters were one of the dozens of designs that Mr. Massa’s campaign and supporters printed to post across Argentina’s public spaces. Lucía Cholakian Herrera, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2023 This is highlighted by memorabilia including a poster of Yuri Gagarin, who was the first man in space, and even a letter from the renowned American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who piloted Apollo 11 and was the second person to walk on the Moon after Neil Armstrong. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 Some were seen tearing down posters of the hostages being held by Hamas terrorists and crumbling them up while other demonstrators burned an Israeli flag. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 11 Nov. 2023 He's got Jay's old comforter, a poster of his favorite musician, and of course, pictures. Steve Hartman, CBS News, 10 Nov. 2023 In a 2006 dispatch from Lebanon, Robin Wright, then a Washington Post reporter who visited Nasrallah in Beirut, wrote that Nasrallah’s face was displayed there on computer screen savers, posters and keychains. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

post entry 2

Noun (2)

post entry 4

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1918, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1538, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poster was in 1538

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Cite this Entry

“Poster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a notice or advertisement for posting in a public place or for decorative or pictorial display

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