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

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Menil Collection security discovered the paint and handbills around 5:30 a.m., Leslie said. Allyn West, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's Rothko Chapel vandalized with paint, handbills: 'It's okay to be white'," 21 May 2018 The shows: Reflecting the spontaneous nature of the music, Dylan insisted that shows be announced spur-of-the-moment style, with little or no formal advertising, relying instead on handbills distributed perhaps a few days before each show. Randy Lewis, latimes.com, "Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue: A user's guide," 7 June 2019 The chapel turned in the handbills and filed a report with the Houston Police Department. Allyn West, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's Rothko Chapel vandalized with paint, handbills: 'It's okay to be white'," 21 May 2018 The political action committee Citizens for Effective Leadership put out a handbill this week that endorses Medley and DeLuccie, but also urges voters to reject Huff. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Council candidate threatened one wife and assaulted another, police reports allege | The Kansas City Star," 28 Mar. 2018 No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, etc. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Going to Voodoo Fest 2017? Here's some stuff to know," 24 Oct. 2017 Their faces stare out from the FBI’s website and from handbills taped to windows and lampposts across Woodland. Darrell Smith, sacbee, "A year later, their sons still missing, two Yolo moms wait for answers | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Oct. 2017 Like the poster artist Victor Moscoso and the multimedia group USCO, Mr. Arnold, who during the late 1960s designed handbills for rock bands and programmed midnight shows at an old San Francisco movie-house, was an exponent of hippie modernism. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "Tangled Bodies and Blown Minds, Complete With the Cockettes," 13 Sep. 2017 Photos of the inflammatory handbills have been making the social-media rounds since April. OregonLive.com, "Abraham Lincoln owned slaves! 15 'alt-right'-fueled myths a lot of Americans believe," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of handbill

1718, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of handbill

somewhat old-fashioned : a small printed advertisement or announcement that is given out to many people by hand


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

Kids Definition of handbill

: a printed sheet (as of advertising) distributed by hand

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