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  1. a small printed notice, advertisement, or announcement, usually for distribution by hand.
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Origin of handbill

First recorded in 1745–55; hand + bill1
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Related Words for handbill

leaflet, pamphlet, flier, advertisement, circular, dodger

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Historical Examples of handbill

  • He brought with him a handbill which he had picked up in the street.

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine

  • She flourished a handbill, English on one side, Yiddish on the other.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill

  • That was not the name on the handbill we saw; was it, Mr. Raimundo?

  • First, he issued the handbill which caused my arrest in Troy, where he knew I was going.

  • She had some difficulty in getting at her pocket, but threw him a handbill.

    Old Caravan Days

    Mary Hartwell Catherwood

British Dictionary definitions for handbill


  1. a small printed notice for distribution by hand
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Word Origin and History for handbill


1753, from hand (n.) + bill (n.1).

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