a small flat or folded sheet of printed matter, as an advertisement or notice, usually intended for free distribution.
one of the separate blades or divisions of a compound leaf.
a small leaflike part or structure.
a small or young leaf.

verb (used with object), leaf·let·ed or leaf·let·ted, leaf·let·ing or leaf·let·ting.

to distribute leaflets or handbills to or among: Campaign workers leafleted shoppers at the mall.

verb (used without object), leaf·let·ed or leaf·let·ted, leaf·let·ing or leaf·let·ting.

to distribute leaflets.

Nearby words

  1. leafcutter ant,
  2. leafcutter bee,
  3. leafed,
  4. leafhopper,
  5. leafless,
  6. leafleteer,
  7. leafstalk,
  8. leafy,
  9. league,
  10. league city

Origin of leaflet

First recorded in 1780–90; leaf + -let

Related formsleaf·let·er, leaf·let·ter, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for leaflet



a printed and usually folded sheet of paper for distribution, usually free and containing advertising material or information about a political party, charity, etc
any of the subdivisions of a compound leaf such as a fern leaf
(loosely) any small leaf or leaflike part


to distribute printed leaflets (to)they leafleted every flat in the area
Derived Formsleafleter, noun

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Word Origin and History for leaflet



1787 as a term in botany; 1867 as a term in printing and publication; diminutive of leaf (n.)

A newspaperman asked the British authorities for a copy of the leaflets distributed in Germany by British airplanes. According to the London Daily Herald, his request was refused with the following answer: "Copies are not given out, as they might fall into enemy hands." ["The Living Age" magazine, Sept. 1939-Feb. 1940]
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Science definitions for leaflet



A small leaf or leaflike part, especially one of the blades or divisions of a compound leaf.
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