early 14c., "to make public," from M.E. publicen
(c.1300), altered (by influence of banish, finish,
etc.) from O.Fr. publier
, from L. publicare
"make public," from publicus
"public" (see public
). The meaning "to issue (a book, engraving, etc.) for sale to the public" is first recorded 1520s. Publisher
in the commercial sense is attested from 1740.