- a complete publication of generally less than 80 pages stitched or stapled together and usually having a paper cover.
- a short treatise or essay, generally a controversial tract, on some subject of contemporary interest: a political pamphlet.
Origin of pamphlet
Related Wordshandout, leaflet, flyer, tract, brochure, folder, bulletin, announcement, compilation, circular, broadside, throwaway, tractate
Examples from the Web for pamphlet
Occasionally a pamphlet for a salsa class might be tossed on a doorstop or stuck on a pole near a bus stop.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
One attack came in the form of an interview in "Olam Katan," a weekly pamphlet distributed in synagogues across the country.Rabbis Versus Rabbis
March 22, 2012
As I thumbed through the pamphlet I turned to page 5, state measures.Keep Your Laws Off My Family
October 29, 2008
Many replies were made to Mr. Gladstone's pamphlet that were violent and abusive.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I had sent him the pamphlet the night before, and had not yet had a word from him.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I
Mrs. Humphry Ward
I have got a pamphlet on the West India Question sent me this morning.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
This hall has been carefully described in a pamphlet by Heyne.Beowulf
Paine felt that he had made one Republic with a pamphlet, why not another?Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
- a brief publication generally having a paper cover; booklet
- a brief treatise, often on a subject of current interest, published in pamphlet form
Word Origin and History for pamphlet
"small, unbound treatise," late 14c., from Anglo-Latin panfletus, popular short form of "Pamphilus, seu de Amore" ("Pamphilus, or about Love"), a short 12c. Latin love poem popular and widely copied in Middle Ages; the name from Greek pamphilos "loved by all," from pan- "all" + philos "loving, dear" see -phile). Meaning "brief work dealing with questions of current interest" is late 16c.