pub·​lish·​er ˈpə-bli-shər How to pronounce publisher (audio)
: one that publishes something
especially : a person or corporation whose business is publishing

Example Sentences

He submitted the manuscript to publishers of children's books.
Recent Examples on the Web Houston Chronicle publisher Nancy Meyer said the paper will follow suit starting with its Monday edition. Matthew Kitchen, Chron, 25 Feb. 2023 Gannett also owns Newsquest, a regional news publisher in the United Kingdom, and LocaliQ, which provides digital marketing services. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2023 Dahl was kidding about the need to censor a cherished children’s story, but Dahl’s publisher isn’t. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2023 Launched in 2000, the comics imprint from the major superhero publisher reimagined iconic characters like Spider-Man and the X-Men as if they had been freshly invented at the dawn of the 21st century. Christian Holub,, 22 Feb. 2023 Yasmin Walter of KMD Books is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, international bestselling author and modern publisher based in Australia. Yasmin Walter, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 Murphy, who passed away in 2007 aged 85, survived 18 months in a German prisoner of war camp after being shot out of his bomber plane in England in 1943, according to a release from the book's publisher St Martin's Griffin. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2023 Propelled by the film’s popularity, the underlying Japanese comic has now sold over one million copies in Korea, the local publisher Daiwon C.I. said in recent days. Patrick Frater, Variety, 19 Feb. 2023 Write a book, a major publisher, etc. etc. MARGARET BRENNAN: Senator Sanders, thank you very much for coming in and answering our questions today. CBS News, 19 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of publisher was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Publisher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


pub·​lish·​er ˈpəb-lish-ər How to pronounce publisher (audio)
: one that publishes
especially : one that sends out and offers for sale printed matter (as books, magazines, or newspapers)

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