leaflet

noun
leaf·​let | \ˈlēf-lət \

Definition of leaflet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one of the divisions of a compound leaf

b : a small or young foliage leaf

2 : a leaflike organ or part (such as one of the flaps of a heart valve)

3 : a usually folded printed sheet intended for free distribution

leaflet

verb
leafleted or leafletted; leafleting or leafletting

Definition of leaflet (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to hand out leaflets

transitive verb

: to hand out leaflets to

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Synonyms for leaflet

Synonyms: Noun

booklet, brochure, circular, flyer (also flier), folder, pamphlet

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Examples of leaflet in a Sentence

Noun

Protesters were handing out leaflets condemning the government's environmental policies. the company hires college students to work the phones and distribute leaflets for its clients

Verb

We spent the morning leafleting.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ruggles quoted Bolshevik leaflets in his report to the director of military intelligence at the War Department, May 7, 1919. WSJ, "Archangel Endnotes," 9 Nov. 2018 In the past five years, there’s been a flurry of research directed at figuring out whether leaflets changed minds. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Want to help animals? Focus on corporate decisions, not people’s plates.," 31 Oct. 2018 This shrub or vine also has three leaflets with alternating leaves on the steam. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Identify These Dangerous Summer Plants and Bugs?," 3 Aug. 2018 Prosecutors accused 27-year-old Nguyen Dinh Thanh of spreading propaganda against the state by distributing leaflets calling on factory workers to join protests against proposals to sell land to foreign businesses. James Hookway, WSJ, "Free More Dissidents, U.S. Asks Vietnam, After ‘Mother Mushroom’ Is Released," 18 Oct. 2018 Most are fanning themselves with leaflets, growing sleepy. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Other Progressives are Defining the Midterms," 15 Oct. 2018 However, the leaflets have somewhat toothed or lobed edges, the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program states. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Identify These Dangerous Summer Plants and Bugs?," 3 Aug. 2018 Day after day, Turkey’s opposition parties brave a scalding heat wave to hand out leaflets. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Turkey elections: why Erdoğan and his party are suddenly vulnerable," 14 June 2018 Most Turkish newspapers now read like AK election leaflets. The Economist, "Turkey’s President Erdogan may yet be defeated," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another article lashed out at South Korean authorities for allowing defectors to send anti-North Korea leaflets across their border. Fox News, "North Korea welcomes foreign journalists, but excludes South Korean media to nuclear site closing," 23 May 2018 Yet another article lashed out at South Korean authorities for allowing defectors to send anti-North Korea leaflets across their border. Eric Talmadge, chicagotribune.com, "As summit looms, North Korean media return to angry tone," 22 May 2018 Yet another article lashed out at South Korean authorities for allowing defectors to send anti-North Korea leaflets across their border. Eric Talmadge, The Christian Science Monitor, "As summit approaches, North Korea's media sharpens its tone," 22 May 2018 The North quickly matched the South’s action with its own border broadcasts and launches of balloons carrying anti-South Korea leaflets across the border. BostonGlobe.com, "South Korea stops propaganda broadcasts along North Korean border," 23 Apr. 2018 The North quickly matched the South’s action with its own border broadcasts and launches of balloons carrying anti-South Korea leaflets across the border. Hyung-jin Kim, USA TODAY, "South Korea stops blasting K-pop at North Korea across the DMZ ahead of nuclear talks," 23 Apr. 2018 Both sides barraged the other with the noise, with North Korea even floating balloons packed with anti-South Korea leaflets across the border. John Bacon, ajc, "South Korea stops blasting K-pop at North Korea across the DMZ ahead of nuclear talks," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of leaflet

Noun

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1962, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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More Definitions for leaflet

leaflet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leaflet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a printed and often folded sheet of paper that is usually given to people for no cost

leaflet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of leaflet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give leaflets to many people in (a place)

leaflet

noun
leaf·​let | \ˈlēf-lət \

Kids Definition of leaflet

1 : a printed and often folded sheet of paper that is usually given to people at no cost an advertising leaflet

2 : one of the divisions of a leaf which is made up of two or more smaller parts

3 : a young or small leaf

leaflet

noun
leaf·​let | \ˈlē-flət \

Medical Definition of leaflet 

: a leaflike organ, structure, or part lipid molecules in a bimolecular leaflet especially : any of the flaps of the biscuspid valve or the tricuspid valve

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leaflet

noun
leaf·​let

Legal Definition of leaflet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually folded printed sheet intended for free distribution

leafleted; leafletted; leafleting or leafletting

Legal Definition of leaflet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hand out leaflets invalidated an ordinance banning all leafleting— David Kairys

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