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[flahy-leef] /ˈflaɪˌlif/
noun, plural flyleaves.
a blank leaf in the front or the back of a book.
Origin of flyleaf
1825-35; fly1 (noun, in combination: something fastened by the edge) + leaf Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Would it tire you very much to write it for me in the flyleaf of this Prayer-Book that Mr. Charnock has given me?

    The Three Brides Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Was it the writing on the flyleaf that had stirred some forgotten memory?

    Blue-Bird Weather Robert W. Chambers
  • I combine here the data of the two lists, calling the list on the flyleaf A and that on the lower margin B.

    Henry the Sixth John Blacman
  • Marche had picked up the boy's schoolbook and was looking at the writing on the flyleaf again.

    Blue-Bird Weather Robert W. Chambers
  • It lay open to the flyleaf, and there was an inscription penned in the fine handwriting that engravers try so hard to copy.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • Across the flyleaf, in a high and bold hand, was written the name, Stephen Atterbury Brice.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • "I have pinned the written exercise to the flyleaf," he said.

    A Good-For-Nothing Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  • Burns, Poet, in the great man's own hand, as well as a holograph memorandum attached to flyleaf?

    The Book-Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • On the flyleaf was written, in bold characters, “Hugo Ennis.”

    The Peace of Roaring River George van Schaick
  • Here my eye, resting on the flyleaf of the book, saw written, "Frances Evan Henri."

    The Professor (AKA Charlotte Bronte) Currer Bell
British Dictionary definitions for flyleaf


noun (pl) -leaves
the inner leaf of the endpaper of a book, pasted to the first leaf
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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