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  1. a placard or bill posted or intended for posting in a public place, as for advertising.
  2. a large print of a painting, photograph, etc., used to decorate a wall: posters of street scenes.
  3. a person who posts bills, placards, etc.
  4. Digital Technology. a person who posts or submits an online message to a message board: The previous poster in this thread was off-topic.
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Origin of poster1

First recorded in 1830–40; post1 + -er1


  1. post horse.
  2. Archaic. a person who travels rapidly.
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Origin of poster2

First recorded in 1595–1605; post3 + -er1
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  • Now, a gent with special fine eyes might find that you looked like the gent on this poster.

  • He crumpled the poster and inserted it beneath the lid of his iron stove.

  • What would he, so fastidious as he was, think of that poster?

  • It was a poster on a high fence, and it had a black border around it.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Then he caught sight of Bibi-the-Smoker, who was also reading the poster.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for poster


  1. a large printed picture, used for decoration
  2. a placard or bill posted in a public place as an advertisement
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for poster


"bill, placard, thing posted," 1838, from post (v.1). Poster boy/girl/child "someone given prominence in certain causes" is attested by 1990, in reference to fund-raising drives for charities associated with disability, featuring child sufferers, a feature since 1930s.

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