Definition of leaflet in English:



  • 1A printed sheet of paper containing information or advertising and usually distributed free.

    ‘pick up a leaflet from your local branch’
    ‘election leaflets’
    • ‘They're distributing leaflets asking for any information about the bombers.’
    • ‘There will be displays, T-shirts and no smoking information leaflets available at every checkout.’
    • ‘We have now produced a patient friendly leaflet which has proved quite a success.’
    • ‘According to the council's information leaflet the new day changed to Monday.’
    • ‘The company formally apologised to the community and circulated a leaflet explaining what had happened.’
    • ‘Students are given talks and there is a wide range of booklets and leaflets available.’
    • ‘They will also call for a defence for those who distribute leaflets containing information they honestly believe to be true.’
    • ‘Just as important will be to leaflet every civil service workplace area.’
    • ‘While there he was handing out campaign leaflets advising customers to start their own letter-writing campaigns.’
    • ‘For children below 16 years of age, the teachers distributed the information leaflets to parents, who were asked to provide written consent.’
    • ‘The mood was cheerful; protestors were busy singing, chanting, creating music and distributing leaflets to passers-by.’
    • ‘Of the 212 patients in group A, 106 received the patient information leaflet and 106 did not.’
    • ‘I wish there had been a leaflet distributed or an advertisement campaign.’
    • ‘An information leaflet was distributed that described the aim of the study and explained that participation was voluntary and anonymous.’
    • ‘As protesters shared sandwiches and tea, police distributed leaflets detailing the Public Order Act.’
    • ‘Police and prosecutors published a new leaflet advising the public how far they can go to defend their property.’
    • ‘Students were instructed to print the patient information leaflet and place a copy of it in their portfolio.’
    • ‘There is a Thai leaflet available with a map, or just take your chances and follow the roads.’
    • ‘In addition she distributed information leaflets relating to the changeover and also Euro conversions.’
    • ‘The council's transport and planning chiefs recently sent a consultation leaflet to every household in York asking for opinions.’
    pamphlet, booklet, brochure, handbill, circular, flyer, handout, advertisement, bulletin, mailshot, bill, notice
    advert, ad, bumf
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  • 2Botany
    Each of the leaflike structures that together make up a compound leaf, such as in the ash and horse chestnut.

    • ‘In this image, systolic posterior displacement of the posterior mitral valve leaflet is clearly visible (arrow).’
    • ‘Additionally, they have shown that the sandwiched water layer between substrate and the bottom leaflet is highly structured.’
    • ‘The epidermal structure of these leaflets shows some similarities to that of flowering plants.’
    • ‘Lastly, in species with compound leaves the length of the largest leaflet was considered.’
    • ‘The overlying thrombus had eroded and perforated the posterior mitral valve leaflet (white arrows).’
    1. 2.1(in general use) a young leaf.


  • Distribute leaflets to (people or an area)

    ‘tourists visiting the area are being leafleted’
    [no object] ‘they were leafleting in Victoria Square’
    • ‘And many of these people then leafleted the area.’
    • ‘Members would leaflet a street one evening and knock on doors the next.’
    • ‘Residents in the area were leafleted about trees being cleared.’
    • ‘Homes in the Witham area are being leafleted to encourage people to use a long-campaigned for new bus route to Broomfield Hospital - or face losing it.’
    • ‘They had leafleted all around the area but we don't know if they were still delivering leaflets or had just gone for a ride when the accident happened.’
    • ‘Key wards were leafleted with anti-fascist papers and flyers.’
    • ‘‘Three of us have leafleted the council estate that I live on for a local meeting where people can discuss what we can do against war,’ she says.’
    • ‘Tap the momentum of the big events to encourage supporters to leaflet their own areas and build support among people they know.’
    • ‘The church had leafleted the area but sadly, yet again, there was no response.’
    • ‘Residents in the surrounding areas have also been leafleted about what is proposed for the site and are being urged to write individual letters of objection to the council.’
    • ‘It was doubly effective because we were leafleting the area our students come from.’
    • ‘In January we will start our election campaign by leafleting the entire ward.’
    • ‘Health workers and council workers have been out leafleting the shopping areas and high streets.’
    • ‘He has leafleted the catchment areas of the two schools, which are a few minutes’ walk apart, with his plans.’
    • ‘At strategic points, activists leapt out of the cars to leaflet the streets.’
    • ‘Other labor and social justice activists leafleted at major retailers, educating consumers and criticizing executive indifference.’
    • ‘Union activists are leafleting the less well organised branches encouraging people to vote for strike action.’
    • ‘On Friday there were 40 party members leafleting the area.’
    • ‘Union activists have been out leafleting and arguing with members to win the vote.’
    • ‘Our future plans included attending Saturday's May Day march and leafleting an estate.’