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[leef-lit] /ˈlif lɪt/
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
Related forms
leafleter, leafletter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for leaflets
  • Its leaves are divided into three leaflets with scalloped, toothed, or lobed edges.
  • The mails provide the means of circulating millions of leaflets and pamphlets.
  • Several times they found or were handed leaflets notifying them that the war had ended, but they refused to believe it.
  • The goal was to fly a kite painted the colors of the country's flag, and hand out pro-democracy leaflets.
  • We distributed thousands of leaflets to convey the message that taking a dip could never ever wash away one's sins.
  • Still, she's doing what she can with leaflets and rapid response.
  • Inside the lobby, a heap of welcome leaflets awaits.
  • Police also confiscated leaflets and literature of the group.
  • They also chucked in a few stink bombs, and scattered leaflets among the bewildered crowd.
  • Such programmes used to involve little more than a few leaflets urging staff to exercise, eat less and quit smoking.
British Dictionary definitions for leaflets


a printed and usually folded sheet of paper for distribution, usually free and containing advertising material or information about a political party, charity, etc
any of the subdivisions of a compound leaf such as a fern leaf
(loosely) any small leaf or leaflike part
to distribute printed leaflets (to): they leafleted every flat in the area
Derived Forms
leafleter, noun
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Word Origin and History for leaflets



1787 as a term in botany; 1867 as a term in printing and publication; diminutive of leaf (n.)

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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leaflets in Science
A small leaf or leaflike part, especially one of the blades or divisions of a compound leaf.
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