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[pam-flit] /ˈpæm flɪt/
a complete publication of generally less than 80 pages stitched or stapled together and usually having a paper cover.
a short treatise or essay, generally a controversial tract, on some subject of contemporary interest:
a political pamphlet.
Origin of pamphlet
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English pamflet < Anglo-Latin panfletus, pamfletus, syncopated variant of Pamphiletus, diminutive of Medieval Latin Pamphilus, title of a 12th-century Latin comedy. See -et
Related forms
pamphletary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pamphlet
  • Make an educational pamphlet for teens that describes the dangers of dehydration.
  • The pamphlet has certainly been taken seriously abroad.
  • He suggested that this kind of technology could even be used to shrink the world's collection of books onto one pamphlet.
  • The county's many private access roads are often in bad shape, the pamphlet says.
  • Rising popular opposition to such laws fomented a pamphlet war that has long provided pleasure to collectors.
  • The first pamphlet asks whether computers can recognize literary genres, and the second uses network theory to re-envision plots.
  • There is quite an amazing self-published pamphlet explaining why.
  • It's your first cruise and you're dutifully reading the cruise line's pamphlet on what to expect on your upcoming voyage.
  • Purchase a pamphlet as you enter to learn more about the sights you encounter along the road.
  • The proceedings gave rise to a stream of pamphlet literature on both sides.
British Dictionary definitions for pamphlet


a brief publication generally having a paper cover; booklet
a brief treatise, often on a subject of current interest, published in pamphlet form
Word Origin
C14 pamflet, from Anglo-Latin panfletus, from Medieval Latin Pamphilus title of a popular 12th-century amatory poem from Greek Pamphilos masculine proper name
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Word Origin and History for pamphlet

"small, unbound treatise," late 14c., from Anglo-Latin panfletus, popular short form of "Pamphilus, seu de Amore" ("Pamphilus, or about Love"), a short 12c. Latin love poem popular and widely copied in Middle Ages; the name from Greek pamphilos "loved by all," from pan- "all" + philos "loving, dear" see -phile). Meaning "brief work dealing with questions of current interest" is late 16c.

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