- a small flat or folded sheet of printed matter, as an advertisement or notice, usually intended for free distribution.
- one of the separate blades or divisions of a compound leaf.
- a small leaflike part or structure.
- a small or young leaf.
verb (used with object), leaf·let·ed or leaf·let·ted, leaf·let·ing or leaf·let·ting.
- to distribute leaflets or handbills to or among: Campaign workers leafleted shoppers at the mall.
verb (used without object), leaf·let·ed or leaf·let·ted, leaf·let·ing or leaf·let·ting.
- to distribute leaflets.
- a printed and usually folded sheet of paper for distribution, usually free and containing advertising material or information about a political party, charity, etc
- any of the subdivisions of a compound leaf such as a fern leaf
- (loosely) any small leaf or leaflike part
- to distribute printed leaflets (to)they leafleted every flat in the area
n.1787 as a term in botany; 1867 as a term in printing and publication; diminutive of leaf (n.) A newspaperman asked the British authorities for a copy of the leaflets distributed in Germany by British airplanes. According to the London Daily Herald, his request was refused with the following answer: “Copies are not given out, as they might fall into enemy hands.” [“The Living Age” magazine, Sept. 1939-Feb. 1940]
- A small leaf or leaflike part, especially one of the blades or divisions of a compound leaf.