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Public appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Public junk dwarves quiz mighty fox. (30 letters)
  • Public junk dwarves hug my quartz fox. (31 letters)
  • The public was amazed to view the quickness and dexterity of the juggler. (60 letters)
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun public:


The word public is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun public

What does public mean as a name of something?

Public is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: publics

  1. people in general considered as a whole
    • example: he is a hero in the eyes of the public
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of public: populace / world
    • more generic word: people = any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
    • more specific word: admass = the segment of the public that is easily influenced by mass media
    • member: audience = the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment
  2. a body of people sharing some common interest
    • example: the reading public
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: body = a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

Alternative definition of the noun public


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

Definition of the adjective public

What does public mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more public / most public

  1. not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole
  2. affecting the people or community as a whole
    • example: the public welfare
    • similar: common

Alternative definition of the adjective public


  1. Able to be seen or known by everyone; open to general view, happening without concealment. [definition from 14th c.]
  2. Pertaining to all the people as a whole (as opposed a private group); concerning the whole country, community etc. [definition from 15th c.]
  3. Officially representing the community; carried out or funded by the state on behalf of the community. [definition from 15th c.]
  4. Open to all members of a community; especially, provided by national or local authorities and supported by money from taxes. [definition from 15th c.]
  5. [context: of a company] Traded publicly via a stock market.


Public is a musical group.


  1. "Public" is the third album by Emm Gryner, released in 1998.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  2. "Public" est un album live du groupe Les Fatals Picards sorti en 2008.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  3. "Public" is a musical album of Greg Osby.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  4. "Public" is a musical album of Michael Manning.
    • released on (10 years ago)


"Public" is a 2010 LGBT film.


  1. Public is a fictional character from the TV series Public Hai Sab Janti Hai.
  2. Public is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Notary public, Public figure, Public Safety, Public officer, Public defender, Public Official, public-official, Public-Relations and Public Prosecutor.


  1. Public is a record label.
  2. Public a.k.a. Public! is a record label.


  1. Public is a 2004 JBF Awards winning restaurant in New York City.
  2. Public is a golf facility access.
  3. PUBLIC is a restaurant.

Phrases with Public

Phrases starting with the word Public:

  1. public eye
  2. Public Key
  3. public law
  4. Public sex
  5. public debt
  6. Public good
  7. Public Life
  8. Public Enemy
  9. public house
  10. public mover
  11. public press
  12. public trust
  13. public works
  14. Public access
  15. public debate

Phrases ending with the word Public:

  1. Go Public
  2. in public
  3. Joe Public
  4. To Go Public
  5. notary public

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Public

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Relations (2013)

by Robert L. Heath

Public relations practitioners should play active roles in the building and maintenance of these networks, especially by providing knowledge that can be stored, shared, and retrieved through them. At the regional and global level, knowledge ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Public Administration (2002)

by Shriram Maheshwari

Public Accounts Committee It is a standing financial committee of the Parliament to examine accounts showing the appropriation of the sums granted by the Parliament for the expenditure of the Government of India, annual finance accounts of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy: K-Z (2003)

by Jack Rabin

Public authorities were urged to treat the ...

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Quotes about Public

Millions of public workers have become a kind of privileged new class - a new elite, who live better than their private sector counterparts. Public servants have become the public's masters. No wonder the public is upset. (Mortimer Zuckerman)
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Scrabble value of P3U1B3L1I1C3

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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