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handbill (n.)

loose paper circulated by hand to make a public announcement, 1753, from hand (n.) + bill (n.1). Also applied to posted bills.

updated on May 14, 2015

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Definitions of handbill from WordNet

handbill (n.)
an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution;
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