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[hand-bil] /ˈhændˌbɪl/
a small printed notice, advertisement, or announcement, usually for distribution by hand.
Origin of handbill
1745-55; hand + bill1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The doctor, having examined the handbill, said that the lady was quite right, and pointed significantly to the bag of money.

    After Dark Wilkie Collins
  • He brought with him a handbill which he had picked up in the street.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • It was the handbill containing the description of the escaped Sailor, and offering a reward for his capture.

    Dangerous Ground Lawrence L. Lynch
  • That was not the name on the handbill we saw; was it, Mr. Raimundo?

  • As he departed, the skinny hand presented him with a handbill, but the vicious voice was silent.

    The Witches of New York Q. K. Philander Doesticks
  • Yesterday, there was a handbill about Edmund Gray in the safe.

  • Eliphalet Fox, greatly delighted at the triumph of this election, lost no time in publishing a handbill announcing the issue.

    Quodlibet John P. Kennedy
  • Martin had given me his handbill advertising the vacuum cleaners.

  • Promptly on Monday Dr. Willis issued a handbill offering $200 reward for the recovery of his runaway.

  • Someone thrust a handbill toward Benito, who grasped it mechanically.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
British Dictionary definitions for handbill


a small printed notice for distribution by hand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for handbill

1753, from hand (n.) + bill (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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