noun \ˈpam(p)-flət\

: a small, thin book with no cover or only a paper cover that has information about a particular subject

Full Definition of PAMPHLET

:  an unbound printed publication with no cover or with a paper cover

Examples of PAMPHLET

  1. <pamphlets about common safety precautions that we all can put into use>

Origin of PAMPHLET

Middle English pamflet unbound booklet, from Pamphilus seu De Amore Pamphilus or On Love, popular Latin love poem of the 12th century
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Publishing Terms

annotate, dreadful, emend, expurgate, factoid, jump, lobster shift, redaction, referee


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Unbound printed publication with a paper cover or no cover. Among the first printed materials, pamphlets were widely used in England, France, and Germany from the early 16th century, often for religious or political propaganda; they sometimes rose to the level of literature or philosophical discourse. In North America, pre-Revolutionary War agitation stimulated extensive pamphleteering; foremost among the writers of political pamphlets was Thomas Paine. By the 20th century, the pamphlet was more often used for information than for controversy.


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