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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With a time crunch as election officials prepare to print ballots and voter pamphlets, the state Supreme Court has reserved time for oral arguments on Aug. 28 — if the court decides arguments are needed. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Judge blocks Washington ballot initiative to raise purchase age for semi-automatic rifles," 17 Aug. 2018 Allen published much in newspapers and pamphlets that goes unnoticed here. Mark G. Spencer, WSJ, "‘Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom’ Review: Patriots of Vermont," 10 Dec. 2018 What began in 1797 as a literary coffee house producing political pamphlets and publications spotlighting social issues of the day is London’s oldest bookseller. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 His followers used pamphlets and Facebook posts calling for boycotts of Muslim businesses. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘All Our Lives They Wanted to Ruin Us.’ For Decades, Myanmar Sought to Drive Out Rohingya," 23 Nov. 2018 Last year, police searched Clanton’s apartment and seized flags, pamphlets and other paraphernalia associated with Antifa and anarchist movements. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Ex-professor accused of hitting Trump supporters with bike lock at 'free speech' rally in Berkeley gets probation," 9 Aug. 2018 An organization known as the Anti-Digit Dialing League issued a pamphlet called Phones Are for People. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Where Area Codes Came From, And Why They Don't Make Sense," 3 Nov. 2017 Stoddard wrote scores of books and pamphlets about temperance and traveled to Europe between 1909 and 1926 to represent the United States in international anti-alcohol congresses. Stephanie Schorow,, "What should marijuana opponents do when their cause fails? A lesson from Prohibition," 23 June 2018 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

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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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The first known use of pamphlet was in the 14th 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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