[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for communique


/ (kəˈmjuːnɪˌkeɪ) /


an official communication or announcement, esp to the press or public

Word Origin for communiqué

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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