Pronunciation: (hand'out"),[key] —n.Informal. 1. a portion of food or the like given to a needy person, as a beggar.
2. See press release. 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.