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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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  • We've just received the first communique from the advance guard, sir.

    Martian V.F.W. G.L. Vandenburg
  • Malloy let her stand there while he picked up the communique.

    In Case of Fire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • On the second day after the arrival of the communique, Malloy made his decision.

    In Case of Fire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • In the morning, before I'm supposed to be up, I'll issue a communique from—any old place; or tell 'em face to face.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • The losses in men are immense; only the journals would get a communique, or worse, if they ventured to say so in France.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • These telegrams are practically identical when they leave here, and are intended to be used as a communique and to be published.

  • Le Bureau communique sans dlai chaque arbitre le compromis et les noms des autres Membres du Tribunal.

  • Le Conseil communique sans dlai aux Puissances contractantes les rglements adopts par lui.

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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