a small flat or folded sheet of printed matter, as an advertisement or notice, usually intended for free distribution.
one of the separate blades or divisions of a compound leaf.
a small leaflike part or structure.
a small or young leaf.
verb (used with object), leafleted or leafletted, leafleting or leafletting.
to distribute leaflets or handbills to or among: Campaign workers leafleted shoppers at the mall.
verb (used without object), leafleted or leafletted, leafleting or leafletting.
to distribute leaflets.

1780–90; leaf + -let

leafleter, leafletter, noun
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leaflet (ˈliːflɪt)
1.  a printed and usually folded sheet of paper for distribution, usually free and containing advertising material or information about a political party, charity, etc
2.  any of the subdivisions of a compound leaf such as a fern leaf
3.  (loosely) any small leaf or leaflike part
4.  to distribute printed leaflets (to): they leafleted every flat in the area

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Word Origin & History

1787 as a term in botany; 1867 as a term in printing and publication; dim. of leaf (q.v.) in the book sense.
"A newspaperman asked the British authorities for a copy of the leaflets distributed in Germany by British airplanes. According to the London Daily Herald, his request was refused with the following answer: "Copies are not given out, as they might fall into enemy hands." ["The Living Age" magazine, Sept. 1939-Feb. 1940]
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Science Dictionary
leaflet   (lē'flĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
A small leaf or leaflike part, especially one of the blades or divisions of a compound leaf.
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Example sentences
With repeat-flowering kinds, deadhead spent blooms regularly, cutting back several inches to a five-leaflet leaf.
Each leaflet has a few or no teeth along its edge, and the leaf surface is smooth.
Leaflet clusters are alternate on the vine, and the plant has no thorns.
Meanwhile, the seemingly antiquated practice of leaflet bombing continues.
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