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[puhb-li-sher] /ˈpʌb lɪ ʃər/
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.
Origin of publisher
1425-75; late Middle English: one who proclaims publicly; see publish, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • The author's success is of a wholly different kind from that of the publisher, and he is thoughtless who demands both.
  • They sold for twenty-five cents each, without profit to either editor or publisher.
  • His position was entirely different from that of the ordinary printer or publisher.
  • publisher after publisher read it, and it didn't make a significant impression.
  • They cost two and a half pence, the same as ten cigarettes, the publisher touted.
  • Today, more than ever, you also have to become your publisher's partner.
British Dictionary definitions for publisher


a company or person engaged in publishing periodicals, books, music, etc
(US & Canadian) the proprietor of a newspaper or his representative
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for publisher

mid-15c., "one who announces in public," agent noun from publish (v.). Meaning "one whose business is bringing out for sale books, periodicals, engravings, etc." is from 1740.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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