public

[ puhb-lik ]
/ ˈpʌb lɪk /

adjective

noun

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Idioms for public

Origin of public

1400–50; < Latin pūblicus (earlier pōblicus, pōplicus, akin to populus people); replacing late Middle English publique < Middle French < Latin, as above

OTHER WORDS FROM public

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH public

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Example sentences from the Web for non-public

  • Can I squeeze 50 a year out of you for such a non-public cause?

  • The university has that effect on sensitive undergraduates, especially on non-Public School men.

    Old Mole|Gilbert Cannan

British Dictionary definitions for non-public

public
/ (ˈpʌblɪk) /

adjective

noun

the community or people in general
a part or section of the community grouped because of a common interest, activity, etcthe racing public

Word Origin for public

C15: from Latin pūblicus, changed from pōplicus of the people, from populus people
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Idioms and Phrases with non-public

public

see go public; in public; in the public eye; John Doe (Q. Public); wash one's dirty linen in public.

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