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[boo l-i-tn, -tin] /ˈbʊl ɪ tn, -tɪn/
a brief account or statement, as of news or events, issued for the information of the public.
  1. a brief, prominently featured newspaper account, based upon information received just before the edition went to press.
  2. a similar brief account broadcast over radio or television pending further information.
a pamphlet or monograph summarizing the past achievements, existing conditions, and future plans of a corporation, educational institution, government agency, etc., especially one cataloging the classes taught at a college or university.
an official, special, or scholarly periodical, as of a learned society.
verb (used with object), bulletined, bulletining.
to make known by a bulletin.
Origin of bulletin
1645-55; < French, perhaps < Italian bullettino, equivalent to bullett(a) (bulla bull2 + -etta -ette) + -ino -ine2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bulletin
  • We posted announcements on bulletin boards for various academic groups.
  • All of this against a backdrop of interactive maps, living histories, bile-filled bulletin boards and eye-witness e-mails.
  • Have students use large sheets of bulletin board paper to create life-size giant sunfish.
  • Apple's software update and security bulletin provide evidence that a considerable number of customers were affected.
  • Nearby, another bulletin board fools the viewer into thinking it is painted.
  • Use mural paper or a bulletin board to create a local watershed mural.
  • In some areas of the country, local actions have already shut down bulletin boards and had a chilling effect on free speech.
  • So would news groups, bulletin boards, instant messaging and listservs.
  • We have world maps that are large enough to cover an entire wall or small enough to fit on a bulletin board.
  • He had no interest in joining the evacuation or even listening to the latest news bulletin.
British Dictionary definitions for bulletin


an official statement on a matter of public interest, such as the illness of a public figure
a broadcast summary of the news
a periodical publication of an association, etc
(transitive) to make known by bulletin
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian bullettino, from bulletta, diminutive of bulla papal edict, bull³
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Word Origin and History for bulletin

1765, from French bulletin (16c.), modeled on Italian bulletino, diminutive of bulletta "document, voting slip," itself a diminutive of Latin bulla (see bull (n.2)). The word was used earlier in English in the Italian form (mid-17c.). Popularized by their use in the Napoleonic Wars as the name for dispatches sent from the front and meant for the home public (which led to the proverbial expression as false as a bulletin). Bulletin board is from 1831.

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