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[kuh-myoo-ni-key, kuh-myoo-ni-key] /kəˌmyu nɪˈkeɪ, kəˈmyu nɪˌkeɪ/
an official bulletin or communication, usually to the press or public.
Origin of communiqué
1850-55; < French: literally, communicated, past participle of communiquer < Latin commūnicāre to communicate Unabridged
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Examples from the web for communique
  • The final communique will be released in a few hours.
  • If you turn to the annex of the communique, there is a statement from the finance ministers.
British Dictionary definitions for communique


an official communication or announcement, esp to the press or public
Word Origin
C19: from French, from communiquer to communicate
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Word Origin and History for communique

1852, from French communiqué, originally past participle of communiquer "to communicate" (14c.), from Latin communicare "impart, inform" (see communication). Originally the heading of official statements from the French government. Better, if it must be used in English, to print it with the accent.

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