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

1425–75; late Middle English: one who proclaims publicly; see publish, -er1
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Related Words for publisher

reporter, media, writer, magazine, paper, journalist, newspaper, publisher, correspondent, journalism, columnist, periodical, publicist, interviewer, photographer, newsperson, editor, typographer, compositor, administrator

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British Dictionary definitions for publisher


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


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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