Meaning of “public” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /ˈpʌblɪk/
Extra Examples
Most of the palace is off limits to the public.She claims the public was misled by the government.This is the message that we want to get across to the public.He believes he has a duty to enlighten the general public on these matters.She usually goes out in disguise to avoid being bothered by the public.
the (general) public

B1 [ group ] all ordinary people:

a member of the public
The public has a right to know about this.
The house is only open to the general public on Sundays.
in public

B2 where everyone can see you:

He shouldn't behave like that in public.

(Definition of “public noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)