1. One of the segments of a compound leaf.
2. A small leaf or leaflike part.
3. A printed, usually folded handbill or flier intended for free distribution.
v. leaf·let·ed, leaf·let·ing, leaf·lets also leaf·let·ted or leaf·let·ting
To hand out leaflets.
To hand out leaflets to or in: leafleted the morning commuters; leaflet a neighborhood.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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