(of a book, notebook, etc.) consisting of individual leaves held in a binder (loose-leaf binder), as by rings that open and close, in such a way as to allow their removal, return, or replacement without tearing.
of or for use with a loose-leaf binder: loose-leaf paper.

Origin of loose-leaf

First recorded in 1900–05
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Contemporary Examples of loose-leaf

Historical Examples of loose-leaf

  • A loose-leaf book is preferred by some people for inventories and accounts.

  • To enable the debater to use a loose-leaf system of note-taking.

  • Lem removed a slip from his loose-leaf book and tendered it to Bart.

  • The rest of it sounded like something one reads at the foot of each page of a loose-leaf desk calendar.

    Fanny Herself

    Edna Ferber

  • He sent Eleanor a handsome tooled-leather portfolio to hold his letters, which he wrote on loose-leaf sheets and mailed unfolded.


    Alice Hegan Rice

British Dictionary definitions for loose-leaf



(of a binder, album, etc) capable of being opened to allow removal and addition of pages


a serial publication published in loose leaves and kept in such a binder
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Word Origin and History for loose-leaf

1899, from loose (adj.) + leaf (n.).

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