1. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: private state open national semipublic state unexclusive in_the_public_eye overt exoteric
2. [ noun ] people in general considered as a whole
Synonyms: world populace

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

Related terms: people admass audience
3. [ adjective ] affecting the people or community as a whole
Synonyms: community

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

Related terms: common
4. [ noun ] a body of people sharing some common interest

"the reading public"

Related terms: body
Similar spelling:   publicly