One that is engaged in publishing printed material.(noun)
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Use "publisher" in a sentence
"Okay, in all honesty, I didn't receive a free copy of this book anyway because the publisher is a BIG MEANIE!!!"
"Self-published authors receive a lot of negative feedback (primarily from critics and reviewers - you know who you are), but not having the financial backing of a publisher is actually a blessing in disguise .... in that it teaches a writer very quickly what he/she needs to do to break even on a book."
"And. If this big name publisher is going to expect me to pay $27.00 for a book, I'd like to know its been properly edited, which is NOT always the case."