A communique is an official message that's sent between people or to a media outlet. A company might release a communique to the local newspaper announcing the name of the new CEO.

Any kind of formal announcement, report, or statement can be called a communique, especially if someone in authority issues it. Your boss might send out a communique to all her employees letting them know about a new company policy, for example. The word comes from the French communiqué, or "communicated," and even in English is often spelled with the French accent on the e — a good reminder of how it's pronounced, with a final ay sound.

Definitions of communique
  1. noun
    an official report (usually sent in haste)
    synonyms: despatch, dispatch
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    type of:
    account, news report, report, story, write up
    a short account of the news
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