[bool-i-tn, -tin]
a brief account or statement, as of news or events, issued for the information of the public.
a brief, prominently featured newspaper account, based upon information received just before the edition went to press.
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.

1645–55; < French, perhaps < Italian bullettino, equivalent to bullett(a) (bulla bull2 + -etta -ette) + -ino -ine2

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bulletin (ˈbʊlɪtɪn)
1.  an official statement on a matter of public interest, such as the illness of a public figure
2.  a broadcast summary of the news
3.  a periodical publication of an association, etc
4.  (tr) to make known by bulletin
[C17: from French, from Italian bullettino, from bulletta, diminutive of bulla papal edict, bull³]

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Word Origin & History

1765, from Fr. bulletin (16c.), modeled on It. bulletino, dim. of bulletta "document, voting slip," itself a dim. of L. bulla (see bull (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 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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Example sentences
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.
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