fli·​er | \ ˈflī(-ə)r How to pronounce flier (audio) \
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Definition of flier

1 : one that flies She's a frequent flier on that airline. specifically : airman He was a flier on an aircraft carrier.
2 : a reckless or speculative venture usually used in the phrase take a flier He took a flier in politics soon after getting his degree.
3 usually flyer : an advertising circular Flyers announcing the concert were distributed throughout the city.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for flier


adventure, chance, crapshoot, enterprise, flutter [chiefly British], gamble, speculation, throw, venture


sure thing

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Examples of flier in a Sentence

These birds are graceful fliers. They distributed flyers announcing the concert throughout the city.

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All first-time space fliers, McClain, Koch and Hague are members of NASA’s Astronaut Class of 2013, the first to include equal numbers of women and men. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Spacewalking astronauts install better station batteries," 3 Apr. 2019 The fliers also show tweets from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Zephyr Teachout, a legal scholar and former candidate for governor and attorney general. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "State Street: Albany Lawmakers Eye Campaign Finance Reform, but Activists Want More," 13 Jan. 2019 And, through her many years in the limelight, she’s racked up quite a lot of frequent-flier miles and become no stranger to the charms of New York. Vogue, "Deepika Padukone on Hollywood, Badminton, and Living With Depression," 20 Mar. 2019 On Saturday, though, fans trickling in to festival grounds were greeted with fliers on utility poles calling for a boycott of Meinert’s businesses. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Capitol Hill Block Party rages on with #MeToo undertones," 23 July 2018 In just the last week, the white supremacist groups Patriot Front and Vanguard America have plastered college campuses with fliers, the ADL said. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Ohio colleges rank 6th for incidents involving white supremacists, Anti-Defamation League says," 1 Feb. 2018 That is good news for fliers who have grown accustomed to vying for desirable seats and bag space. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Fliers Find an Old Friend on More Planes: Empty Seats," 21 Jan. 2019 For more frequent fliers, the JetSmarter membership is a better option, the company says. Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun-Sentinel.com, "JetSmarter expands private jet services to public," 13 June 2018 The alternative for less-frequent fliers is to pay $3,500 per domestic flight and $4,000 for an international flight without any annual fee. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "United Airlines offers wealthy fliers at LAX access to a private terminal to avoid the crowds," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of flier

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of flier

: a person or animal that flies
: a piece of paper that has something printed on it (such as an advertisement or an announcement) and that is given to many people


variants: or flyer \ ˈflī-​ər \

Kids Definition of flier

1 : a person or thing that flies
2 usually flyer : a printed sheet containing information or advertising that is given to many people

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something valued as if it were money

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