leaflet

noun
leaf·​let | \ ˈlēf-lət How to pronounce leaflet (audio) \

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

The leaflet tells them they will be charged with a crime and provides a hotline number to call to help them locate their kids. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "In Trump’s efficient U.S. family separation system, reunions take far longer," 19 June 2018 Identify it by looking for three leaflets on each leaf, with the leaves arranged in an alternating pattern on the stem. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Identify These Dangerous Summer Plants and Bugs?," 3 Aug. 2018 During the 2016 referendum on whether the U.K. should quit the EU, the government spent millions of pounds sending leaflets to households around the country urging them to vote to stay in the EU. Max Colchester, WSJ, "May Looks to Public to Back Brexit Deal," 26 Nov. 2018 Seoul began blaring anti-North Korean broadcasts and K-Pop songs via border loudspeakers, and North Korea quickly matched the action with its own border broadcasts and launches of balloons carrying anti-South leaflets. Time, "President Trump 'Can Take the Nobel Prize' if North and South Korea Reach Peace Deal, Moon Jae-in Says," 30 Apr. 2018 Most people won’t change their behavior at all in response to a leaflet. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Want to help animals? Focus on corporate decisions, not people’s plates.," 31 Oct. 2018 The regime also dropped leaflets in the area urging surrender. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Syria’s Last Rebel Stronghold Girds for Regime Assault," 17 Aug. 2018 In 2016, the organizers of the Brexit push Vote Leave asked Collett to stop campaigning with their materials after he was photographed at an official-looking table handing out leaflets with his swastika-tattooed girlfriend, according to the BBC. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A GOP congressman retweeted a self-described ‘Nazi sympathizer.’ His party did not rebuke him.," 13 June 2018 Attached to each lawn sign this year is a two-sided leaflet with information about services provided by police and fire. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Lawn signs replace ribbons as way to say 'thank you' to Skokie’s first responders: Organizer," 30 Apr. 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 How to pronounce leaflet (audio) \

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 How to pronounce leaflet (audio) \

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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