Definition of bulletin in English:



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

    • ‘Ninety years ago, there were no television pictures, radio broadcasts or Internet bulletins to flash the news around the globe in an instant.’
    • ‘The late evening bulletin will be moved forward one hour and become part of the ITV News at Ten bulletin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a quick short bulletin, you really have to start with summaries.’
    • ‘Newsround's website marks a move towards a genuine children's news service, while digital TV channel CBBC offers five bulletins throughout the day.’
    • ‘BBC bulletins in English are updated every hour.’
    • ‘News and Sport bulletins will be on a seven-day basis across the schedule.’
    • ‘Wire services, including the Associated Press, Reuters and Xinhua News Agency, dispatched bulletins from Tokyo.’
    • ‘The bulletins will be broadcast by the station's new Dublin correspondent from a studio in the city centre.’
    • ‘Some prefer regular round-ups, whilst others like short bulletins running hourly or two-hourly.’
    • ‘I believe that two extra bulletins of world news are required, one in the afternoon and one in prime time.’
    • ‘Radio stations have replaced hourly news with daily bulletins of community news.’
    • ‘The station generates its own news which ranges from bulletins, magazines, commentary as well as feature programmes.’
    • ‘If not, the producers may have to go back to the Big Breakfast model and limit serious news to the bulletins.’
    • ‘Broadcast magazine compared ratings for BBC and ITV bulletins before and after the election was called.’
    • ‘On Monday, for its first weekday bulletins, the Five News team could call upon a dozen reporters in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.’
    • ‘During this time she also became a newscaster and reporter for ITN's through-the-night bulletins.’
    • ‘The strike disrupted news and current affairs bulletins on television and radio in South Australia and Victoria throughout the day.’
    • ‘The BBC bulletins and Channel 4 News limited coverage to 15 second news-reads, suggesting that the story was of little importance.’
    • ‘All the major networks descended on the scene of the arrest, broadcasting bulletins warning of a terrorist threat.’
    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 printed report issued by an organization or society.
      • ‘Newsletters, bulletins, open houses or family meetings are more formal ways to stay in touch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We also ask that you mention us in your church bulletin or organization's newsletter.’
      • ‘An information desk to issue periodic bulletins and correct misinformation appearing in the electronic or printed media can help avert crises.’
      • ‘Aftinet supplies education materials, regular bulletins and speakers at public events and has been receiving media coverage.’
      • ‘A separate project will involve issuing a monthly bulletin on integration matters in English, German and French.’
      • ‘The commission found that viruses and worms are foreseeable events, as evidenced by the regular security bulletins issued by software companies.’
      • ‘The National Safety Council regularly issues bulletins warning about the number of road fatalities.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’.