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.

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

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pamphlet (ˈpæmflɪt)
1.  a brief publication generally having a paper cover; booklet
2.  a brief treatise, often on a subject of current interest, published in pamphlet form
[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 & History

"small, unbound treatise," late 14c., from Anglo-Latin panfletus, popular short form of "Pamphilus, seu de Amore" ("Pamphilus, or about Love"), a short L. love poem of 12c., popular and widely copied in Middle Ages; the name from Gk. pamphilos "loved by all," from pan- "all" + philos "loving, dear."
Meaning "brief work dealing with questions of current interest" is late 16c. Pamphleteer (n.) is first recorded 1640s.
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Example sentences
Objects in the collection include public health pamphlets, photographs,
  medications and diagnostic equipment.
Other resources will include important manuscripts, books, and pamphlets
  relevant to the great voyages of the period.
They may have pamphlets, bulletins, etc that could help you.
The library's atrium was ringed by tables offering pamphlets and flyers from
  various agencies.
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