Definition of poster in US English:



  • 1A large printed picture used for decoration.

    • ‘Clara bought some clothes and posters to decorate her room as well as some CDs and books.’
    • ‘His office is spare but comfortable, decorated with posters from previous shows and a few of his many theatre awards.’
    • ‘Unlike a print or a poster, catalog sheets and computer screens never do it justice.’
    • ‘It can be an original painting or reproduction, a poster, print or photo.’
    • ‘Art is not alien; we all have pictures, posters and decorations hanging on our walls at home.’
    • ‘The walls were painted a plain but light cream and for the moment were bare of pictures or posters.’
    • ‘Maybe it was the association with Monsieur Dali, whose posters decorated many a bedsitter in my youth.’
    • ‘We hopped in one of many taxis decorated with posters of either Nelson Mandela or Marilyn Monroe.’
    • ‘Navy blue furniture and various sports team posters decorated the otherwise bland, creamy walls.’
    • ‘Buying prints, posters and original artworks over the web is as easy as buying a book or CD.’
    • ‘One dog had to be played Verdi on a continuous loop and another had to have his kennel decorated with Aston Villa posters.’
    • ‘Setting the picture down, I gazed over at the wall that held no pictures or posters.’
    • ‘The walls of the shop were painted black and hung with medieval weapons, pictures discs and band posters.’
    • ‘Balloons, posters and ribbons decorated the vehicles as they wove their way through the area.’
    • ‘The England players' training base in Portugal is decorated with giant posters of themselves.’
    • ‘She had packed in ten minutes, even all her posters and pictures put away.’
    • ‘It was already decorated with posters from punk bands and some really cool art work.’
    • ‘Law and politics books lie on the floor and posters decorate the walls.’
    • ‘Pupils at the local school have decorated the hall with posters on the theme of ‘hope’.’
    • ‘A picture of a steam train in Edinburgh and an Intercity poster decorate a third wall.’
    1. 1.1 A large printed picture, notice, or advertisement displayed in a public place.
      as modifier ‘a poster campaign’
      • ‘He had breached earlier restraining orders by continuing to contact her and putting up posters on public notice boards.’
      • ‘Your dad has been around town putting up posters with your picture on.’
      • ‘A poster campaign has now been extended to include public buildings such as libraries and leisure centres.’
      • ‘Publicity would include advertising posters and timetables at bus stops.’
      • ‘The poster and press advertising campaign will run until early next year.’
      • ‘I've seen lots of bill board posters advertising this movie and frankly even they turn my stomach.’
      • ‘I think the first place I saw the poster advertisement was right outside the auditorium.’
      • ‘As he was walking down it, he noticed an announcement poster to the side of him that caught his eye.’
      • ‘Farmers are being encouraged to display posters in public places as part of a campaign to increase farmgate prices.’
      • ‘The protestors have begun a poster campaign to publicise their case.’
      • ‘It will feature TV and radio adverts supported by posters at bus shelters.’
      • ‘There are more sheep on the farms than cars on the road and more campaign posters than traffic signs.’
      • ‘The only thing we need money for is for printing flyers and posters.’
      • ‘The posters will be displayed around the borough on notice boards and in council offices and libraries.’
      • ‘Next month, the poster campaign will be extended to include public buildings like libraries and leisure centres.’
      • ‘The campaign will distribute posters warning people of the dangers of leaving their drink unattended.’
      • ‘Pensioners are hoping Hallowe'en will bring more treats than tricks now they've displayed our campaign posters.’
      • ‘He even convinced a couple of advertising types to come up with an identical poster campaign to the one that he had already created.’
      • ‘The Yorkshire-wide campaign will involve radio advertisements and posters on buses and in clubs and pubs.’
      • ‘The campaign will include posters on the sides of buses as well as information leaflets and stickers on repeat prescription slips.’
      notice, placard, public notice, bill, sign, advertisement, announcement, affiche, playbill, sticker
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  • 2A person who posts something online, as on a blog, social media website, or forum.

    • ‘Do a search and you will find newsgroups posters exclaiming the phrases and leaving puzzled and angry observers.’
    • ‘Experts believe around 150 such lawsuits have been filed regarding anonymous message posters.’
    • ‘Amazingly, other posters appear to have forgiven her and claim that it took courage to write what she did.’
    • ‘I agree with the poster who said the systems administrators responsible for this should be canned.’
    • ‘I have to agree with the poster who basically said that the technology is irrelevant if the movie is no good.’


[no object]usually as noun postering
  • Put up posters in an area.

    ‘illegal postering in downtown Montreal’
    with object ‘she defied police advice and postered her neighbourhood’
    • ‘We met while I was postering for a Thursday night pub nite (do they still allow those?) and we hit it off right away.’
    • ‘That changed last Thursday, when Drury was postering for the Poverty Olympics at the corner of Hastings Street and Caroll Street in Vancouver's Downtown East Side.’