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)

transitive verb

: to hand out leaflets to

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Synonyms for leaflet

Synonyms: Noun

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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 But the difference between sending out pro-Biden leaflets in states with upcoming primaries and flooding airwaves with negative ads about Sanders is a sharp one. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, "How Bloomberg could help Joe Biden take on Trump," 5 Mar. 2020 Hill said in the local constituency office, surrounded by leaflets and guides for volunteers for each area of the town. NBC News, "In Brexit Britain, Labour Party risks losing its 'Red Wall' industrial heartlands," 6 Dec. 2019 Britain’s election laws are woefully out of date, written more for a time when leaflets were pushed through mailboxes, not as Facebook and other social media giants publish political ads. BostonGlobe.com, "Clinton: UK voters must see Russian influence report - The Boston Globe," 13 Nov. 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Workers with signs and leaflets gathered outside trucking terminals in Miami; Laredo, Texas; and elsewhere. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Teamsters Protest at XPO Logistics Sites," 30 May 2019 While some carried signs and hopped turnstiles, others handed out educational leaflets, or organized independent demonstrations in communities and campuses under the same banner. Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue, "MTA Protests in New York City Target Fare Hikes, Police Conduct," 14 Feb. 2020 He and a couple of other students took to the streets and passed leaflets to commuters. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, "Joshua Wong’s Long Campaign for the Future of Hong Kong," 23 Oct. 2019 The leaves originate from the same point and are divided like a fan into five to seven large, toothed leaflets, which are four to 10 inches long. oregonlive, "How to harvest hazelnuts, walnuts and chestnuts and store them for the winter," 15 Oct. 2019 But area organized labor was not on board with the leaflet campaign. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Making a first impression: Milwaukee hosts national media ahead of 2020 DNC," 7 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb About 100 Stanford students leafleted on the Peninsula trains, with mixed results, The Chronicle reported. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Moratorium Day: When anti-Vietnam War march brought out ‘squares’ and students," 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, "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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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 28 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for leaflet

leaflet

noun
How to pronounce leaflet (audio)

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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