leaflet

1 of 2

noun

leaf·​let ˈlēf-lət How to pronounce leaflet (audio)
1
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

leafleted or leafletted; leafleting or leafletting

intransitive verb

: to hand out leaflets

transitive verb

: to hand out leaflets to

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In leaflets and messages, the military told people to head to areas of al-Mawasi and Khan Younis. Hamas, which carried out the Oct. 7 attack on Israel that sparked the war, says cease-fire talks that took place in Cairo this week have come to a standstill. Vincent Ni, NPR, 11 May 2024 On Monday morning, Israeli warplanes began to drop leaflets on parts of Rafah, warning those in Rafah Camp, the Brazil Camp and the neighborhoods of Shabura and Zohour to evacuate. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2024 In December, Israel dropped leaflets on Gaza offering rewards for information about the location of Hamas’ top leadership. Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, 5 May 2024 On December 1, the Israeli military launched a massive air raid operation on Khan Younis, dropping leaflets into the city telling residents to immediately evacuate. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 One Task at a Time Photograph: Thumbtack Thumbtack App Buy at Thumbtack The previous owner of my house left several business cards and leaflets for plumbers, roof specialists, and the like in a few of the drawers. Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 2 Apr. 2024 After arriving in Khan Yunis, leaflets fell from the sky instructing them to move again. Victoria Beaule, ABC News, 5 Jan. 2024 The Israeli Air Force was set to begin dropping leaflets on parts of Rafah on Monday, two Israeli sources said, amid preparations for a ground offensive into Gaza’s southernmost city where more than 1 million people are sheltering. Jeremy Diamond, CNN, 15 Apr. 2024 There was no advice leaflet or support group for VTS, and internet articles were clinical, sparse on detail. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024
Verb
Selecting and cutting above a bud eye (or leaflet set) that is outward-facing prompts the rose to grow in an outward direction. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2023 Workers who favor unionization, by contrast, seldom are allowed even to leaflet on company property. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 8 Apr. 2022 The rules allowing speeches and leafleting in only one section of the park, as well as the sidewalks, were issued in April 2019. chicagotribune.com, 24 Sep. 2019 About 100 Stanford students leafleted on the Peninsula trains, with mixed results, The Chronicle reported. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, 9 Oct. 2019 Another article lashed out at South Korean authorities for allowing defectors to send anti-North Korea leaflets across their border. Fox News, 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, The Christian Science Monitor, 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, 23 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1962, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of leaflet was in 1777

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“Leaflet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaflet. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

leaflet

noun
leaf·​let
ˈlē-flət
1
a
: one of the divisions of a compound leaf see leaf illustration
b
: a small or young leaf
2
: a usually folded printed sheet intended for free distribution

Medical Definition

leaflet

noun
leaf·​let ˈlē-flət How to pronounce leaflet (audio)
: 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

Legal Definition

leaflet

1 of 2 noun
leaf·​let
: a usually folded printed sheet intended for free distribution

leaflet

2 of 2 intransitive verb
leafleted; leafletted; leafleting or leafletting
: to hand out leaflets
invalidated an ordinance banning all leafletingDavid Kairys

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