Definition of leaflet in English:

leaflet

noun

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

    ‘pick up a leaflet from your local branch’
    ‘election leaflets’
    • ‘An information leaflet was distributed that described the aim of the study and explained that participation was voluntary and anonymous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I wish there had been a leaflet distributed or an advertisement campaign.’
    • ‘Just as important will be to leaflet every civil service workplace area.’
    • ‘There will be displays, T-shirts and no smoking information leaflets available at every checkout.’
    • ‘While there he was handing out campaign leaflets advising customers to start their own letter-writing campaigns.’
    • ‘Of the 212 patients in group A, 106 received the patient information leaflet and 106 did not.’
    • ‘Students were instructed to print the patient information leaflet and place a copy of it in their portfolio.’
    • ‘We have now produced a patient friendly leaflet which has proved quite a success.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The company formally apologised to the community and circulated a leaflet explaining what had happened.’
    • ‘There is a Thai leaflet available with a map, or just take your chances and follow the roads.’
    • ‘Students are given talks and there is a wide range of booklets and leaflets available.’
    • ‘As protesters shared sandwiches and tea, police distributed leaflets detailing the Public Order Act.’
    • ‘According to the council's information leaflet the new day changed to Monday.’
    • ‘They're distributing leaflets asking for any information about the bombers.’
    • ‘They will also call for a defence for those who distribute leaflets containing information they honestly believe to be true.’
    • ‘Police and prosecutors published a new leaflet advising the public how far they can go to defend their property.’
    pamphlet, booklet, brochure, handbill, circular, flyer, handout, advertisement, bulletin, mailshot, bill, notice
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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.

    • ‘Additionally, they have shown that the sandwiched water layer between substrate and the bottom leaflet is highly structured.’
    • ‘In this image, systolic posterior displacement of the posterior mitral valve leaflet is clearly visible (arrow).’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘The epidermal structure of these leaflets shows some similarities to that of flowering plants.’
    1. 2.1 (in general use) a young leaf.

verb

[with object]
  • Distribute leaflets to (people or an area)

    ‘tourists visiting the area are being leafleted’
    no object ‘they were leafleting in Victoria Square’
    • ‘Other labor and social justice activists leafleted at major retailers, educating consumers and criticizing executive indifference.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘At strategic points, activists leapt out of the cars to leaflet the streets.’
    • ‘Residents in the area were leafleted about trees being cleared.’
    • ‘And many of these people then leafleted the area.’
    • ‘The church had leafleted the area but sadly, yet again, there was no response.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Key wards were leafleted with anti-fascist papers and flyers.’
    • ‘On Friday there were 40 party members leafleting the area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Union activists have been out leafleting and arguing with members to win the vote.’
    • ‘He has leafleted the catchment areas of the two schools, which are a few minutes’ walk apart, with his plans.’
    • ‘It was doubly effective because we were leafleting the area our students come from.’
    • ‘Members would leaflet a street one evening and knock on doors the next.’
    • ‘Our future plans included attending Saturday's May Day march and leafleting an estate.’
    • ‘In January we will start our election campaign by leafleting the entire ward.’
    • ‘Union activists are leafleting the less well organised branches encouraging people to vote for strike action.’
    • ‘Health workers and council workers have been out leafleting the shopping areas and high streets.’
    • ‘Tap the momentum of the big events to encourage supporters to leaflet their own areas and build support among people they know.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

leaflet

/ˈliːflɪt/