fli·​er ˈflī(-ə)r How to pronounce flier (audio)
variants or less commonly flyer
: one that flies
She's a frequent flier on that airline.
specifically : airman
He was a flier on an aircraft carrier.
: a reckless or speculative venture
usually used in the phrase take a flier
He took a flier in politics soon after getting his degree.
usually flyer : an advertising circular
Flyers announcing the concert were distributed throughout the city.

Examples of flier in a Sentence

These birds are graceful fliers. They distributed flyers announcing the concert throughout the city.
Recent Examples on the Web Who can use the Sky Club at MIA? ▪ People with annual memberships, which are available for purchase only by Medallion members of the Delta SkyMiles program, its frequent flier program. Vinod Sreeharsha, Miami Herald, 10 Apr. 2024 Moses Brings Plenty shared missing person fliers for his nephew on his Instagram account this week. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 6 Apr. 2024 British Airways also offer tips for nervous fliers to consider in flight. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 5 Apr. 2024 This latest expansion offers even more travel possibilities to Mexico for fliers across the U.S. from the following cities. Stella Shon, Travel + Leisure, 4 Apr. 2024 But the change appears to have been implemented for some fliers before the announcement, and of course, people were angry about it. Allison Morrow, CNN, 3 Apr. 2024 Some airlines use a sliding scale of fees for extra charges like seat selection and pricing for award trips using frequent flier miles—the more in-demand the route or travel window, the higher the cost for these services. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Apr. 2024 Frontier Airlines has a new kind of seating option that’s perfect for fliers who like an empty middle seat. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024 That article hinged on a grainy photo contained in the Warren Commission report purporting to show Lee Harvey Oswald handing out pro-Castro fliers with Rafael Cruz. Lachlan Cartwright, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flier was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Flier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flier. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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variants also flyer
: one that flies
especially : pilot entry 1 sense 3
: an undertaking (as in business) that involves much risk
: an advertising circular

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