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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of publisher

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



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

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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