Definition of bulletin in English:



  • 1A short official statement or broadcast summary of news.

    • ‘Some prefer regular round-ups, whilst others like short bulletins running hourly or two-hourly.’
    • ‘The strike disrupted news and current affairs bulletins on television and radio in South Australia and Victoria throughout the day.’
    • ‘For a quick short bulletin, you really have to start with summaries.’
    • ‘All the major networks descended on the scene of the arrest, broadcasting bulletins warning of a terrorist threat.’
    • ‘Wire services, including the Associated Press, Reuters and Xinhua News Agency, dispatched bulletins from Tokyo.’
    • ‘Newsround's website marks a move towards a genuine children's news service, while digital TV channel CBBC offers five bulletins throughout the day.’
    • ‘Radio stations have replaced hourly news with daily bulletins of community news.’
    • ‘This half-hour bulletin was now ITV's main news of the evening, with the late night one reduced to just 20 minutes in length.’
    • ‘Broadcast magazine compared ratings for BBC and ITV bulletins before and after the election was called.’
    • ‘BBC bulletins in English are updated every hour.’
    • ‘On Monday, for its first weekday bulletins, the Five News team could call upon a dozen reporters in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.’
    • ‘I believe that two extra bulletins of world news are required, one in the afternoon and one in prime time.’
    • ‘The late evening bulletin will be moved forward one hour and become part of the ITV News at Ten bulletin.’
    • ‘The bulletins will be broadcast by the station's new Dublin correspondent from a studio in the city centre.’
    • ‘News and Sport bulletins will be on a seven-day basis across the schedule.’
    • ‘Ninety years ago, there were no television pictures, radio broadcasts or Internet bulletins to flash the news around the globe in an instant.’
    • ‘During this time she also became a newscaster and reporter for ITN's through-the-night bulletins.’
    • ‘If not, the producers may have to go back to the Big Breakfast model and limit serious news to the bulletins.’
    • ‘The BBC bulletins and Channel 4 News limited coverage to 15 second news-reads, suggesting that the story was of little importance.’
    • ‘The station generates its own news which ranges from bulletins, magazines, commentary as well as feature programmes.’
    report, news, news report, newscast, flash, newsflash, headlines, dispatch, piece, story, communiqué, press release, statement, announcement, account, message, communication, notification
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    1. 1.1 A regular newsletter or report issued by an organization.
      • ‘An information desk to issue periodic bulletins and correct misinformation appearing in the electronic or printed media can help avert crises.’
      • ‘A separate project will involve issuing a monthly bulletin on integration matters in English, German and French.’
      • ‘The National Safety Council regularly issues bulletins warning about the number of road fatalities.’
      • ‘Newsletters, bulletins, open houses or family meetings are more formal ways to stay in touch.’
      • ‘Aftinet supplies education materials, regular bulletins and speakers at public events and has been receiving media coverage.’
      • ‘The C&O also issued bulletins every month to show the number of coal cars asked for by mine, the number supplied, and the number actually loaded by the mines.’
      • ‘The commission found that viruses and worms are foreseeable events, as evidenced by the regular security bulletins issued by software companies.’
      • ‘We had regular bulletins during our strike - they made a real difference.’
      • ‘He criticized the committee also for failing to issue bulletins in the face of substantial internal dissent.’
      • ‘We also ask that you mention us in your church bulletin or organization's newsletter.’
      newsletter, news-sheet, newspaper, journal, proceedings, digest, gazette, magazine, review, periodical, organ
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Mid 17th century (denoting an official warrant in some European countries): from French, from Italian bullettino, diminutive of bulletta ‘passport’, diminutive of bulla ‘seal, bull’.