public company


noun British.

a company that has more than 50 shareholders and whose shares are offered for public subscription. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for public company

Contemporary Examples of public company

  • We have another name to add that most rarefied group of public-company CEOs in America: the $1 Club.

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    The $1 Club

    Paul Kedrosky

    January 31, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for public company

public company


a limited company whose shares may be purchased by the public and traded freely on the open market and whose share capital is not less than a statutory minimum; public limited companyCompare private company
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public company in Culture

public company

A company that sells shares in itself to the public to raise capital. When a previously privately owned company offers shares, it is said to “go public.”

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