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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small booklet or pamphlet, often containing promotional material or product information.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A booklet of printed informational matter, like a pamphlet, often for promotional purposes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A printed and stitched book containing only a few leaves; a pamphlet; a single sheet folded to make four pages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pamphlet; an unbound book, of which the sheets are held together by sewing only. See broché.
  • n. Specifically, a small pamphlet, or one on a matter of transitory interest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small book usually having a paper cover

Etymologies

French, from brocher, to stitch, from broche, knitting needle, from Old French, spit, needle; see broach1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1748, from French brochure ("stitched work"), from brocher ("to stitch"), from Old French brochier ("to pierce"), from broche ("awl"), from Vulgar Latin, from Latin. Cognate to broach. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Kasper found what he was looking for at the bottom of the pile. It was an order from Konon for an Italian lunch on the following Wednesday. The order was attached to a brochure printed on handmade paper. The kind one would give to guests on the Concorde, or at the Ritz with a warm welcome and a description of the flight plan and an assurance in four languages that this is simply to comply with the law because we will never die, at least not in this place and not at this ticket price."
    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.

    March 19, 2008