A small booklet, or often only a folded-up piece of paper, which is intended for mass distribution, usually for free. Pamphlets are usually intended to inform an interested person of the basics of a service or idea, and get them interested in hearing more.

A large subset of pamphlets, often handed out on street corners, present a short arguments for a religious, social, or political view. These are usually viewed with distaste by most of the population.

An even larger subset is plain, straight out advertising.