What does Public mean?

Definitions for Public
ˈpʌb lɪkpub·lic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. populace, public, worldnoun

    people in general considered as a whole

    "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"

  2. publicadjective

    a body of people sharing some common interest

    "the reading public"

  3. publicadjective

    not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole

    "the public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds"; "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens"; "performers and members of royal families are public figures"

  4. publicadjective

    affecting the people or community as a whole

    "community leaders"; "community interests"; "the public welfare"


  1. publicnoun

    The people in general, regardless of membership of any particular group.

    Members of the public may not proceed beyond this point.

  2. publicadjective

    Able to be seen or known by everyone; open to general view, happening without concealment.

  3. publicadjective

    Pertaining to all the people as a whole (as opposed a private group); concerning the whole country, community etc.

  4. publicadjective

    Officially representing the community; carried out or funded by the state on behalf of the community.

  5. publicadjective

    Open to all members of a community; especially, provided by national or local authorities and supported by money from taxes.

  6. publicadjective

    Traded publicly via a stock market.

  7. Etymology: From publik, public, public, publique et al., and their source, publicus, alteration (probably after pubes) of populicus, from populus. Compare people.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Publicadjective

    of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; -- opposed to private; as, the public treasury

  2. Publicadjective

    open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious; as, public report; public scandal

  3. Publicadjective

    open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public house

  4. Publicnoun

    the general body of mankind, or of a nation, state, or community; the people, indefinitely; as, the American public; also, a particular body or aggregation of people; as, an author's public

  5. Publicnoun

    a public house; an inn

  6. Etymology: [L. publicus, poblicus, fr. populus people: cf. F. public. See People.]


  1. Public

    In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public is the totality of such groupings. This is a different concept to the sociological concept of the Öffentlichkeit or public sphere. The concept of a public has also been defined in political science, psychology, marketing, and advertising. In public relations and communication science, it is one of the more ambiguous concepts in the field. Although it has definitions in the theory of the field that have been formulated from the early 20th century onwards, it has suffered in more recent years from being blurred, as a result of conflation of the idea of a public with the notions of audience, market segment, community, constituency, and stakeholder. The name "public" originates with the Latin "populus" or "poplicus", and in general denotes some mass population in association with some matter of common interest. So in political science and history, a public is a population of individuals in association with civic affairs, or affairs of office or state. In social psychology, marketing, and public relations, a public has a more situational definition. John Dewey defined a public as a group of people who, in facing a similar problem, recognize it and organize themselves to address it. Dewey's definition of a public is thus situational: people organized about a situation. Built upon this situational definition of a public is the situational theory of publics by James E. Grunig, which talks of nonpublics, latent publics, aware publics, and active publics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Public

    pub′lik, adj. of or belonging to the people: pertaining to a community or a nation: general: common to or shared in by all: generally known.—n. the people: the general body of mankind: the people, indefinitely: a public-house, tavern.—ns. Pub′lican, the keeper of an inn or public-house: (orig.) a farmer-general of the Roman taxes: a tax-collector; Publicā′tion, the act of publishing or making public: a proclamation: the act of printing and sending out for sale, as a book: that which is published as a book, &c.—ns.pl. Pub′lic-bills, -laws, &c., bills, laws, &c. which concern the interests of the whole people; Pub′lic-funds, money lent to government for which interest is paid of a stated amount at a stated time.—ns. Pub′lic-house, a house open to the public: one chiefly used for selling beer and other liquors: an inn or tavern; Pub′lic-institū′tion, an institution kept up by public funds for the public use, as an educational or charitable foundation; Pub′licist, one who writes on or is skilled in public law, or on current political topics; Public′ity, the state of being public or open to the knowledge of all: notoriety; Pub′lic-law (see International).—adv. Pub′licly.—adjs. Pub′lic-mind′ed, -spir′ited, having a spirit actuated by regard to the public interest: with a regard to the public interest.—ns. Pub′licness; Pub′lic-opin′ion, the view which the people of a district or county take of any question of public interest; Pub′lic-pol′icy, the main principles or spirit upon which the law of a country is constructed; Pub′lic-spir′it, a strong desire and effort to work on behalf of the public interest.—adv. Pub′lic-spir′itedly.—n. Pub′lic-spir′itedness.—n.pl. Pub′lic-works, permanent works or improvements made for public use or benefit.—Public health, the department in any government, municipality, &c. which superintends sanitation; Public holiday, a general holiday ordained by parliament; Public lands, lands belonging to government, esp. such as are open to sale, grant, &c.; Public orator, an officer of English universities who is the voice of the Senate upon all public occasions; Public school (see School).—In public, in open view. [Fr.,—L. publicuspopulus, the people.]

Editors Contribution

  1. public

    Accessible to people.

    Members of the public can choose to either have their online profiles public or private.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

  2. public

    The population of a country.

    The public have a right to have a say in the running of their country - democracy is a form of power to the people i.e. the public.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Public' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #286

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Public' in Written Corpus Frequency: #806

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Public' in Nouns Frequency: #470

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Public' in Adjectives Frequency: #29

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Public in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Public in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Public in a Sentence

  1. Lindsey Graham:

    I personally want Judiciary Committee released to the public, i want you to know what The FBI found and let the facts speak for themselves, and I am ready to vote.

  2. Election Officials Dean Logan:

    Broad brush allegations of voter fraud and illegal voting serve only to undermine the public’s trust and confidence in the elections process and run the risk of further deflating voter participation.

  3. David Cameron:

    We all agreed, as do the Scottish public, that the independence referendum should be a 'once in a generation' or a 'once in a lifetime' event, so now it is time to move on. Some may want to obsess about separation, but I am focused on delivering devolution.

  4. Clark Kerr:

    A university anywhere can aim no higher than to be as British as possible for the sake of the undergraduates, as German as possible for the sake of the public at large-and as confused as possible for the preservation of the whole uneasy balance.

  5. Bill Maher:

    You don’t have to do it, but stay away from everybody, because if you're the one who’s not paying attention, and you’re coughing and sneezing … then stay out of the public, man, nobody wants this. I don’t want it. And I think he’s forgetting that people are still at risk who cannot get vaccinated … little kids under the age of five, or people with health conditions.

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