pam·​phlet ˈpam(p)-flət How to pronounce pamphlet (audio)
: an unbound printed publication with no cover or with a paper cover

Examples of pamphlet in a Sentence

pamphlets about common safety precautions that we all can put into use
Recent Examples on the Web But being on set was so fantastic because there were pamphlets on the tables in the Bavarian beer hall, showing the structure and where things were. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Oct. 2023 The radicals who would rise to the top of the revolution, most of them frustrated lawyers and journalists, had justified their coup with pamphlets and legal preambles. Dominic Green, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2023 The first scientific, or semi-scientific, study of sperm whales was a pamphlet published in 1835 by a Scottish ship doctor named Thomas Beale. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 At Harvard, pamphlets were handed out decrying gay love as sinful and evil. Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling, The New Republic, 27 Oct. 2023 American business groups began pumping out a torrent of books, articles and pamphlets attacking the New Deal. Adam Hochschild, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023 Over the winter of 1775, at the behest of Lord North’s ministry, Johnson composed a pamphlet condemning the emerging American revolutionary cause. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 23 Oct. 2023 At one point, he was caught smuggling socialist pamphlets home to distribute to workers in his father’s factory. Ellen Barry, New York Times, 18 Oct. 2023 There is an exceptionally good cooperative extension service pamphlet on growing garlic in Alaska. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pamphlet was in the 14th century

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“Pamphlet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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pam·​phlet ˈpam(p)-flət How to pronounce pamphlet (audio)
: a short printed publication with no cover or with a paper cover

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