[17] If a bullet is etymologically a ‘little ball’, a bulletin is a ‘little little edict’. It comes via French bulletin from Italian bulletino, which was a diminutive form of bulletta ‘document, voting slip’ (briefly introduced into English in the 17th century as bullet: ‘Elected by the Great Master and his Knights, who give their voices by bullets’, George Sandys, Travels 1615); French billet ‘letter’, and indeed English billet, as in ‘billeting’ soldiers on a house, are parallel formations on a variant of the root of bulletta. And to return to bulletta, this was itself a diminutive form of bulla, from medieval Latin bulla ‘sealed document’, which is the source of English bull, as in ‘papal bull’. => BILLET, BULL
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   The word for an official statement or news report derives, through French, from Italian bullettino, a diminutive of bulletta, itself a diminutive of bulla, 'papal edict' (English bull), ultimately from Medieval Latin bulla, 'seal' (as attached to such an edict), from the identical Latin word meaning 'round object.'

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Bulletin — can refer to:;Newspapers and magazines: * The Bulletin , a now defunct Australian magazine * The Philadelphia Bulletin , newspaper published in Philadelphia from 1847 to 1982 * The Bulletin , newspaper which began publishing in Philadelphia in… …   Wikipedia

  • Bulletin — [ˌbʏlˈtɛ̃] ist die Verkleinerungsform von Bulle. Als Bulletin werden Bekanntmachungen, Tagesberichte und seit der Französischen Revolution auch Zeitungen bezeichnet. Das französische Wort bulletin bedeutet übersetzt „Zeugnis“. Daneben bezeichnet… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Bulletin — Sn offizieller, veröffentlichter Bericht per. Wortschatz fach. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. bulletin m., einer Ableitung zu afrz. bulle Kugel , dieses aus l. bulla f. Die Bedeutungsentwicklung in metonymischer Übertragung von der… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • bulletin — bul‧le‧tin [ˈbʊlətn] noun [countable] a short printed report that gives information about an organization or group: • the company s weekly information bulletin * * * bulletin UK US /ˈbʊlətɪn/ noun [C] ► a short report with news and information… …   Financial and business terms

  • bulletin — (n.) 1765, from Fr. bulletin (16c.), modeled on It. bulletino, dim. of bulletta document, voting slip, itself a dim. of L. bulla (see BULL (Cf. bull) (2)). The word was used earlier in English in the Italian form (mid 17c.). Popularized by their… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bulletin — Bul le*tin, n. [F. bulletin, fr. It. bullettino, dim. of bulletta, dim. of bulla, bolla, an edict of the pope, from L. bulla bubble. See {Bull} an edict.] 1. A brief statement of facts respecting some passing event, as military operations or the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bulletin — index declaration, dispatch (message), entry (record), issuance, notice (announcement), notific …   Law dictionary

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