Meaning of PUBLIC in English


Pronunciation: ' p ə -blik

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English publique, from Anglo-French, from Latin publicus; akin to Latin populus people

Date: 14th century

1 a : exposed to general view : OPEN b : WELL-KNOWN , PROMINENT c : PERCEPTIBLE , MATERIAL

2 a : of, relating to, or affecting all the people or the whole area of a nation or state < public law> b : of or relating to a government c : of, relating to, or being in the service of the community or nation

3 a : of or relating to people in general : UNIVERSAL b : GENERAL , POPULAR

4 : of or relating to business or community interests as opposed to private affairs : SOCIAL

5 : devoted to the general or national welfare : HUMANITARIAN

6 a : accessible to or shared by all members of the community b : capitalized in shares that can be freely traded on the open market ― often used with go

7 : supported by public funds and private contributions rather than by income from commercials < public radio> < public television>

– pub · lic · ness noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.