Definition of leaflet in English:



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

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

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


  • Distribute leaflets to (people or an area)

    ‘I won't be leafleting neighborhoods’
    [no object] ‘the union has leafleted, protested, and staged petition drives’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And many of these people then leafleted 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.’
    • ‘On Friday there were 40 party members leafleting the area.’
    • ‘Members would leaflet a street one evening and knock on doors the next.’
    • ‘It was doubly effective because we were leafleting the area our students come from.’
    • ‘Union activists have been out leafleting and arguing with members to win the vote.’
    • ‘Union activists are leafleting the less well organised branches encouraging people to vote for strike action.’
    • ‘In January we will start our election campaign by leafleting the entire ward.’
    • ‘Residents in the area were leafleted about trees being cleared.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Key wards were leafleted with anti-fascist papers and flyers.’
    • ‘At strategic points, activists leapt out of the cars to leaflet the streets.’
    • ‘Our future plans included attending Saturday's May Day march and leafleting an estate.’
    • ‘Other labor and social justice activists leafleted at major retailers, educating consumers and criticizing executive indifference.’
    • ‘Health workers and council workers have been out leafleting the shopping areas and high streets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has leafleted the catchment areas of the two schools, which are a few minutes’ walk apart, with his plans.’