[ 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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