a person or company whose business is the publishing of books, periodicals, engravings, computer software, etc.
the business head of a newspaper organization or publishing house, commonly the owner or the representative of the owner.

1425–75; late Middle English: one who proclaims publicly; see publish, -er1 Unabridged
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publisher (ˈpʌblɪʃə)
1.  a company or person engaged in publishing periodicals, books, music, etc
2.  (US), (Canadian) the proprietor of a newspaper or his representative

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Example sentences
It would appear that the dramatist was especially exposed to the predatory
  habits of the piratical publisher.
The methods employed by the bookseller and publisher for advertising his books
  are mainly a matter of surmise.
It may even be doubted whether he ever hawked his manuscript about in order to
  secure a publisher.
Its success for the moment is the affair of the publisher alone.
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