(noun.) a body of people sharing some common interest; 'the reading public'.

(adj.) affecting the people or community as a whole; 'community leaders'; 'community interests'; 'the public welfare' .

(adj.) 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' .

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(a.) 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.

(a.) Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious; as, public report; public scandal.

(a.) Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public house.

(n.) 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.

(n.) A public house; an inn.



a. [1]. Of the whole, not private.[2]. Open, notorious, generally known.[3]. Common, general.

n. [Preceded by The.] Persons, men, society, the people, the community, the world.



SYN:Open, notorious, common, social, national, exoteric, general, generally_known

ANT:Close, secret, private, domestic, secluded, solitary, personal, individual



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.— 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.— 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.





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