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, "Faces of the new jobs crisis, from restaurants to real estate," 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, "James Hatch, Archivist of Black Theater, Dies at 91," 20 Mar. 2020 All over downtown Manhattan there were dizzying, heartbreaking handbills. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Threat Scarier than Anthrax Attacks or Suicide Bombers," 18 Mar. 2020 Unauthorized solicitation and materials such as handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways and samples. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Everything you need to know before you go to Innings Festival 2020 at Tempe Beach Park," 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, "Solo Serve opened 100 years ago. San Antonians look back," 11 Oct. 2019 Bring your inventive ideas, handbills, and business cards. chicagotribune.com, "Calendar: Learn how to develop connections Tuesday in Lake Forest," 17 Nov. 2019 Wander through the decades-old photographs and ribbons, tickets and souvenirs, handbills and newspaper articles. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "How to spend the perfect day at the Maryland State Fair," 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, "The ‘Chicago Defender,’ an Iconic Black Newspaper, to Release Its Last Print Issue," 9 July 2019

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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 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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