(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.

Nearby words

  1. loose smut,
  2. loose-fitting,
  3. loose-footed,
  4. loose-joint hinge,
  5. loose-jointed,
  6. loose-limbed,
  7. loose-lipped,
  8. loose-tongued,
  9. loosebox,
  10. loosely

Origin of loose-leaf

First recorded in 1900–05

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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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