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

Most Turkish newspapers now read like AK election leaflets. The Economist, "Turkey’s President Erdogan may yet be defeated," 21 June 2018 The next day, police surrounded another group of anti-North Korean activists near the DMZ, preventing them from floating balloons carrying propaganda leaflets across the border. Ivan Watson, Jungeun Kim, Stella Ko And Jo Shelley, CNN, "Messages in bottles sent across the sea to North Korea," 17 May 2018 In November, authorities arrested a 55-year-old Sacramento man who flew a drone that dropped leaflets featuring a rant against television-news outlets inside Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., during an NFL game. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Experts Say Drones Pose a National Security Threat — and We Aren’t Ready," 31 May 2018 The Montauk tuna arrived with a Sea To Table leaflet describing the romantic, seaside town and an email from a salesperson saying the fish was caught off North Carolina. chicagotribune.com, "'Sustainably caught' seafood? Nationwide distributor's murky supply chain exposed," 14 June 2018 Make your cuts one-quarter inch above an outward facing bud eye at a five-leaflet leaf. Rita Perwich, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Send the right blooming messages to your roses," 5 July 2018 Forces aligned with President Assad have threatened a ground offensive, dropping leaflets that demand the surrender of rebels in the area. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Russian Airstrikes Hit Southwest Syria, Breaking a Cease-Fire Deal," 24 June 2018 The leaflets were apparently distributed in a residential neighborhood west of Bellevue Way Northeast, near Clyde Hill Elementary School. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Snickers for snitches: racist, anti-immigrant leaflets distributed with candy in Bellevue area," 12 June 2018 The Israeli army air-dropped leaflets over Gaza warning people not to approach the fence that separates Gaza from Israel. Abeer Salman And James Masters, CNN, "Nine Palestinians killed in Gaza protests ahead of embassy opening," 14 May 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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