1. people in general considered as a whole

    Synonyms : populace, world
    Type Of : people
    Examples :
    • he is a hero in the eyes of the public
  2. a body of people sharing some common interest

    Type Of : body
    Examples :
    • the reading public
  3. affecting the people or community as a whole

    Examples :
    • the public welfare
  4. not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole

    Antonyms : private
    Examples :
    • the public good
    • public libraries
    • public funds
    • public parks
    • a public scandal
    • public gardens
    • performers and members of royal families are public figures