[ hand-bil ]
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  1. a small printed notice, advertisement, or announcement, usually for distribution by hand.

Origin of handbill

First recorded in 1745–55; hand + bill1

Words Nearby handbill

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How to use handbill in a sentence

  • Doran stated that he was the author of the handbill distributed in Everett prior to the attempted meeting of November 5th.

    The Everett massacre | Walker C. Smith
  • He went on with a long, rambling tale about making a mistake in printing the handbill.

    The Penal Cluster | Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • Promptly on Monday Dr. Willis issued a handbill offering $200 reward for the recovery of his runaway.

  • The doctor, having examined the handbill, said that the lady was quite right, and pointed significantly to the bag of money.

    After Dark | Wilkie Collins
  • He pulled a big red handbill out of his pocket and unfolded it.

    Fore! | Charles Emmett Van Loan

British Dictionary definitions for handbill


/ (ˈhændˌbɪl) /

  1. a small printed notice for distribution by hand

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