public

[ puhb-lik ]
/ ˈpʌb lɪk /

adjective

noun

Idioms

Origin of public

1400–50; < Latin pūblicus (earlier pōblicus, pōplicus, akin to populus people); replacing late Middle English publique < Middle French < Latin, as above
Related forms
Can be confusedpubic public
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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