hand·​bill ˈhan(d)-ˌbil How to pronounce handbill (audio)
: a small printed sheet to be distributed (as for advertising) by hand

Examples of handbill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pamphlets, flyers and handbills, unless approved by management. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 31 Aug. 2023 East German fans who were caught with Biermann’s music on bootleg cassette tapes or handbills of his verse could be arrested and locked away for years. Christopher F. Schuetze, New York Times, 7 July 2023 To find their man (records indicate ornamental hermits were invariably men, writes Campbell), landowners placed advertisements in local newspapers or handbills. Shoshi Parks, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2023 The start-up’s mission is printing and distributing handbills for businesses on the Las Vegas Strip. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Apr. 2020 The two began amassing their archive, not only recording interviews with prominent and not-so-prominent black artists and performers, but also accumulating play scripts, handbills, photographs and other materials. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2020 All over downtown Manhattan there were dizzying, heartbreaking handbills. Kyle Smith, National Review, 18 Mar. 2020 Unauthorized solicitation and materials such as handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways and samples. Ed Masley, azcentral, 21 Feb. 2020 Milton also ran off handbills exposing alleged wrongdoings in the city, such as the San Antonio Country Club receiving unfair tax abatements or the electric company raising rates for no reason. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, 11 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1718, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handbill was in 1718

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“Handbill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbill. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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hand·​bill -ˌbil How to pronounce handbill (audio)
: a printed sheet to be distributed by hand

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