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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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 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

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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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