hand·​bill | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌbil How to pronounce handbill (audio) \

Definition of handbill

: a small printed sheet to be distributed (as for advertising) by hand

Examples of handbill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Bring your inventive ideas, handbills, and business cards. chicagotribune.com, 17 Nov. 2019 Wander through the decades-old photographs and ribbons, tickets and souvenirs, handbills and newspaper articles. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, 20 Aug. 2019 In its early days, the Defender consisted of four-page, six-column handbills, filled with local news tidbits and clippings from other papers. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 9 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of handbill

1718, in the meaning defined above

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“Handbill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbill. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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hand·​bill | \ ˈhand-ˌbil How to pronounce handbill (audio) \

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