[ puhb-li-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌpʌb lɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


the act of publishing a book, periodical, map, piece of music, engraving, or the like.
the act of bringing before the public; announcement.
the state or fact of being published.
something that is published, especially a periodical.

Origin of publication

1350–1400; Middle English publicacioun < Latin pūblicātiōn- (stem of pūblicātiō) a making public, confiscation, equivalent to pūblicāt(us) (past participle of pūblicāre to make public) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·pub·li·ca·tion, nounpro·pub·li·ca·tion, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for publication


/ (ˌpʌblɪˈkeɪʃən) /


the act or process of publishing a printed work
any printed work offered for sale or distribution
the act or an instance of making information public
the act of disseminating defamatory matter, esp by communicating it to a third personSee libel, slander
Archaic word: publishment

Word Origin for publication

C14: via Old French from Latin pūblicātiō confiscation of an individual's property, from pūblicāre to seize and assign to public use
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Word Origin and History for publication



late 14c., "the act of making publicly known," from Old French publicacion (14c.) and directly from Latin publicationem (nominative publicatio) "a making public," noun of action from past participle stem of publicare "make public," from publicus (see public (adj.)). Meaning "the issuing of a written or printed work" is first recorded 1570s; as the word for the thing so issued, from 1650s. Parallel publishment had a shadowy existence alongside this word, in local and specialized use, into the 18c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper