Meaning of handout

hand•out

Pronunciation: (hand'out"), [key]
— n. Informal.
  1. a portion of food or the like given to a needy person, as a beggar.
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  3. any printed, typed, mimeographed, or photocopied copy of information, as a speech, policy statement, or fact sheet given to reporters, attendees at a meeting, or the like.
  4. anything given away for nothing, as a free sample of a product by an advertiser.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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