pam·​phlet | \ˈpam(p)-flət \

Definition of pamphlet 

: an unbound printed publication with no cover or with a paper cover

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Synonyms for pamphlet


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

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Examples of pamphlet in a Sentence

pamphlets about common safety precautions that we all can put into use

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County residents interested in learning more should visit and view Waste Management and Recycling's informational pamphlet, Bongiorno said. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Do you take recycling seriously? Here's how Sacramento's waste rules are changing," 10 July 2018 Advocates said the attorney general and local authorities should keep targeting crisis pregnancy centers that provide false information to consumers, such as pamphlets that suggest abortions can lead to breast cancer. Washington Post, "Abortion-rights bloc to fight after pregnancy center ruling," 28 June 2018 Obis had started a couple of small publications, including a pamphlet on celebrity vegetarians, before launching Vegetarian Times from his apartment in Oak Park, said his son Nicholas. Graydon Megan,, "Paul Obis, who started Vegetarian Times magazine, dies," 6 July 2018 The pamphlet is relatively short, sources said, and explains that deputies earn admission into the group through the endorsement of members. Robert Faturechi,, "Secret clique in L.A. County sheriff's gang unit probed," 20 Apr. 2012 Last month, The Swedish government started distributing pamphlets to citizens as part of its total defense concept to mobilize the civilian population in the event of a Russian attack. Ross Kenneth Urken, The New Republic, "Playing Geopolitics With the World Cup," 5 June 2018 Even minor infringements, such as perusing smuggled religious pamphlets, can result in severe punishment. The Economist, "What life is like for ordinary North Koreans," 26 May 2018 But Handy had ambitions to fly commercial jets or run airports and handed them a pamphlet for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio aviation director talks travel ban, airport construction and flying the F-22," 9 July 2018 Soon after their first encounter, Santiago went on vacation, though not before offering Marshall his personal contact information, scrawled on a Bible-study pamphlet that had been mailed to his home. John H. Tucker, Daily Intelligencer, "Rape at Rosie’s," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of pamphlet

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pamphlet

Middle English pamflet unbound booklet, from Pamphilus seu De Amore Pamphilus or On Love, popular Latin love poem of the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of pamphlet

: a small, thin book with no cover or only a paper cover that has information about a particular subject


pam·​phlet | \ˈpam-flət \

Kids Definition of pamphlet

: a short publication without a binding : booklet

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