fli·​er | \ ˈflī(-ə)r How to pronounce flier (audio) \
variants: or less commonly flyer

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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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 A year later, the Los Angeles Raiders took a flier on Jackson with the 183rd selection. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 22 Apr. 2022 The return isn’t huge, but if Nesmith becomes a rotation player (or more), then Indiana will look smart for taking a flier on the young wing. Tony East, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Even then concrete changes like airport terminals, frequent-flier plans and an aligning of the airlines’ policies on everything from fees to baggage allowances will take time. Dawn Gilbertson, WSJ, 28 July 2022 By taking a flier on a plaintiff whose First Amendment rights have only been hypothetically violated, the high court may avoid having to consider the rights of those who might face anti-gay discrimination. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 23 Feb. 2022 Despite being a reluctant flier, Spears recently went on a few trips with her fiancé Sam Asghari, sparking rumors that she would soon be featured in her own Las Vegas residency. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 30 May 2022 Douglas Jensen, an information technology consultant from Natick, Massachusetts, is a top-level elite frequent flier with 45 years of air travel experience. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 Sharod, an avgeek, isn't the first frequent flier to use Airtags to try and reconnect with his bags. Julia Buckley, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 In his former life, Olympic gold medalist Björn Ferry was a frequent flier. Outside Online, 30 May 2019 See More

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First Known Use of flier

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Sep 2022

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“Flier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flier. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for flier


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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