[kuh-myoo-ni-key, kuh-myoo-ni-key]


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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Contemporary Examples of communique

Historical Examples of communique

  • 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]

British Dictionary definitions for communique



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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