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Pamphlet Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    pamphlet n
  1. a small book usually having a paper cover [syn: booklet, brochure, folder, leaflet]
  2. a brief treatise on a subject of interest; published in the form of a booklet [syn: tract]
Pamphlet Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Pamphlet \Pam"phlet\, n. [OE. pamflet, pamfilet, paunflet, possibly fr. OF. palme the palm of the hand, F. paume (see Palm) + OF. fueillet a leaf, dim. of fueil, m., F. feuille, f., fr. L. folium, pl. folia, thus meaning, a leaf to be held in the hand; or perh. through old French, fr. L. Pamphila, a female historian of the first century who wrote many epitomes; prob., however, fr. OF. Pamflette, the Old French name given to Pamphilus, a poem in Latin verse of the 12th century, pamphlets being named from the popularity of this poem.]
  1. A writing; a book. --Testament of love. Sir Thomas More in his pamphlet of Richard the Third. --Ascham.
  2. A small book consisting of a few sheets of printed paper, stitched together, often with a paper cover, but not bound; a short essay or written discussion, usually on a subject of current interest.
Pamphlet Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Pamphlet \Pam"phlet\, v. i. To write a pamphlet or pamphlets. [R.] --Howell.
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A pamphlet is an unbound booklet (that is, without a hard cover or binding). It may consist of a single sheet of paper that is printed on both sides and folded in half, in thirds, or in fourths (called a leaflet), or it may consist of a few pages that are folded in half and saddle stapled at the crease to make a simple book. In order to count as a pamphlet, UNESCO requires a publication (other than a periodical) to have "at least 5 but not more than 48 pages exclusive of the cover pages"; a longer item is a book.

The adverb pamphlet for a small work (opuscule) issued by itself without covers came into Middle English ca 1387 as pamphilet or panflet, generalized from a twelfth-century amatory comic poem with an old flavor, Pamphilus, seu de Amore ("Pamphilus: or, Concerning Love"), written in Latin. Pamphilus's name was derived from Greek, meaning "friend of everyone". The poem was popular and widely copied and circulated on its own, forming a slim codex.

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