Login or register (free and only takes a few minutes) to participate in this question.
You will also have access to many other tools and opportunities designed for those who have language-related jobs
(or are passionate about them). Participation is free and the site has a strict confidentiality policy.
|GLOSSARY ENTRY (DERIVED FROM QUESTION BELOW)|
|English term or phrase:||brochure / leaflet / booklet / pamphlet|
|French translation:||documentation commerciale / dépliant OU plaquette / livret / plaquette OU tract [see question for fuller details]|
|Entered by:|| Tony M||Options:|
- Contribute to this entry
- Include in personal glossary
|English to French translations [PRO]|
Printing & Publishing / Children\'s health
|English term or phrase: brochure vs leaflet vs pamphlet|
|These terms appear again and again in my text. |
Ex: Brochures and leaflets should be available in front of the entrance...
My dictionaries give the same translations for these words (a mix of the same French words).
Are there clear differences between them, or are they rough synonyms?
|See explanation below...|
I'm not sure that there is an 'official' definition of the difference between them, but I've seen different translations used in FR.
My own 'feeling' is that a 'brochure' is likely to be fatter, might be stapled, and may well be glossy and printed in colour --- for example, a 'sales brochure' for a car, fitted kitchen, etc., or a holiday brochure. The sales / promotional aspect is probably a key factor --- I don't think you would ever say 'an instruction brochure', for example. I think this is 'prospectus' in FR, isn't it?
To me, a 'leaflet' suggests probably little more than a single folded sheet, like those 3-panel twice folded A4 sheets that are so ubiquitous. 'dépliant' ? 'plaquette' ?
A 'pamphlet' suggests something similar, maybe a few more pages --- the sort of thing often printed in black-&-white and used to provide basic instructions for simple items of domestic equipment. Probably have more text content. cf. 'political pamphlet'. 'tracte'?
Note added at 16 mins (2006-02-15 17:50:27 GMT)
brochure - A booklet or pamphlet, esp. giving information about the amenities of a place etc.
leaflet - A small sheet of paper or a sheet folded into two or more leaves but not stitched, containing printed matter (often advertisements), usu. distributed free of charge.
pamphlet - A group of several printed or (formerly) written pages, fewer than would make a book, fastened together without a hard cover and issued as a single or (formerly) periodical work; esp. one of which the text is of a minor, ephemeral, or controversial nature; a booklet; a leaflet.
Selected response from:
Local time: 01:20
|Thanks for the explanations.|
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
9 mins confidence:
A brochure is larger than a pamphlet, which in turn is larger than a leaflet.
A leaflet is usually a single folded page.
A brochure is usually a small booklet with at least a few, and perhaps many, pages.
A pamphlet is more likely to be just a few pages, probably stapled or glued together.
|Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)|8 mins confidence: peer agreement (net): +2