[ boo l-i-tn, -tin ]
/ ˈbʊl ɪ tn, -tɪn /


a brief account or statement, as of news or events, issued for the information of the public.
  1. a brief, prominently featured newspaper account, based upon information received just before the edition went to press.
  2. a similar brief account broadcast over radio or television pending further information.
a pamphlet or monograph summarizing the past achievements, existing conditions, and future plans of a corporation, educational institution, government agency, etc., especially one cataloging the classes taught at a college or university.
an official, special, or scholarly periodical, as of a learned society.

verb (used with object), bul·le·tined, bul·le·tin·ing.

to make known by a bulletin.

Origin of bulletin

1645–55; < French, perhaps < Italian bullettino, equivalent to bullett(a) (bulla bull2 + -etta -ette) + -ino -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for bulletin


/ (ˈbʊlɪtɪn) /


an official statement on a matter of public interest, such as the illness of a public figure
a broadcast summary of the news
a periodical publication of an association, etc


(tr) to make known by bulletin

Word Origin for bulletin

C17: from French, from Italian bullettino, from bulletta, diminutive of bulla papal edict, bull ³
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Word Origin and History for bulletin



1765, from French bulletin (16c.), modeled on Italian bulletino, diminutive of bulletta "document, voting slip," itself a diminutive of Latin bulla (see bull (n.2)). The word was used earlier in English in the Italian form (mid-17c.). Popularized by their use in the Napoleonic Wars as the name for dispatches sent from the front and meant for the home public (which led to the proverbial expression as false as a bulletin). Bulletin board is from 1831.

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