[ flahy-leef ]

noun,plural fly·leaves.
  1. a blank leaf in the front or the back of a book.

Origin of flyleaf

1825–35; fly2 (noun, in combination: something fastened by the edge) + leaf

Words Nearby flyleaf Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use flyleaf in a sentence

  • It lay open to the flyleaf, and there was an inscription penned in the fine handwriting that engravers try so hard to copy.

    The Lone Ranger Rides | Fran Striker
  • Would it tire you very much to write it for me in the flyleaf of this Prayer-Book that Mr. Charnock has given me?

    The Three Brides | Charlotte M. Yonge
  • With a silver pencil she wrote her name and address on the flyleaf of Persuasion, and gave the book to Rachel.

    The Voyage Out | Virginia Woolf
  • I combine here the data of the two lists, calling the list on the flyleaf A and that on the lower margin B.

    Henry the Sixth | John Blacman
  • Heber has inscribed a MS. note on the flyleaf to this effect.

    The Confessions of a Collector | William Carew Hazlitt

British Dictionary definitions for flyleaf


/ (ˈflaɪˌliːf) /

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

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