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pamphlet Line breaks: pamph|let
Pronunciation: /ˈpamflɪt/

Definition of pamphlet in English:


A small booklet or leaflet containing information or arguments about a single subject: he published a spate of pamphlets on the subjects about which he felt strongly
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  • Booklets and information pamphlets will also be handed out and emergency personnel will be on hand to answer any questions.
  • Print marketing covers a wide range of options, from point of sale booklets to direct mail pamphlets.
  • It also runs education programmes and staff hand out information pamphlets.
North American mailer, folder;
North American & Australian dodger

verb (pamphlets, pamphleting, pamphleted)

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Distribute pamphlets to: a handful of heritage-minded citizens who pamphleted their neighbours
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  • Members will also be pamphleting school communities about the public education issue.
  • Do you remember every household in Britain being pamphleted with an anti-terror booklet?
  • Discussion, of this armchair variety, is even provided for in the Constitution (ie the use of public spaces for protests, pamphleting, discourse and the engagement of all sorts of ideas.)


Late Middle English: from Pamphilet, the familiar name of the 12th-century Latin love poem Pamphilus, seu de Amore.

  • The anonymous 12th-century Latin love poem Pamphilus, seu de Amore (‘Pamphilius, or About Love’) was popular in the Middle Ages and was translated into many languages, including English. Its popular name was Pamphilet, which became pamphlet, meaning ‘a short handwritten work of several pages fastened together’, and lived on long after the original poem was forgotten. Pamphlets have been associated with political theories or campaigns since as early as the end of the 16th century.

Words that rhyme with pamphlet

tablet • aglet • anklet

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