Origin of flyleaf

1825–35; fly1 (noun, in combination: something fastened by the edge) + leaf Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for flyleaf

Historical Examples of flyleaf

  • Was it the writing on the flyleaf that had stirred some forgotten memory?

    Blue-Bird Weather

    Robert W. Chambers

  • "I have pinned the written exercise to the flyleaf," he said.

    A Good-For-Nothing

    Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

  • Heber has inscribed a MS. note on the flyleaf to this effect.

    The Confessions of a Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

  • On the flyleaf was written, in bold characters, “Hugo Ennis.”

    The Peace of Roaring River

    George van Schaick

  • In secret he had kissed her name written on the flyleaf of each of them.

    Overland Red

    Henry Herbert Knibbs

British Dictionary definitions for flyleaf


noun plural -leaves
  1. the inner leaf of the endpaper of a book, pasted to the first leaf
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