publisher

[puhb-li-sher]

noun

a person or company whose business is the publishing of books, periodicals, engravings, computer software, etc.
the business head of a newspaper organization or publishing house, commonly the owner or the representative of the owner.

Origin of publisher

1425–75; late Middle English: one who proclaims publicly; see publish, -er1
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Historical Examples of publisher

  • She was to the publisher what a staff contributor is to a newspaper.

    Mary Wollstonecraft

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • There is something so disagreeable in having a personal contact with a publisher.

    Mark Twain's Speeches

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • It seemed to me that these indicated utter lack of a sense of humor on the part of publisher and manager.

  • Nat Ponder, who 'did time' for publishing a seditious pamphlet, was Bunyan's publisher.

  • Then she recovered herself, and her face lighted with her rare, beautiful smile, which went directly to the publisher's heart.

    Virgie's Inheritance

    Mrs. Georgie Sheldon



British Dictionary definitions for publisher

publisher

noun

a company or person engaged in publishing periodicals, books, music, etc
US and Canadian the proprietor of a newspaper or his representative
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Word Origin and History for publisher
n.

mid-15c., "one who announces in public," agent noun from publish (v.). Meaning "one whose business is bringing out for sale books, periodicals, engravings, etc." is from 1740.

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