fli·er | \ˈflī(-ə)r \
variants: or less commonly

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, enterprise, 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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The actress, director, and star of ABC’s Black-ish grew up in Europe, spent her youth accompanying her mom, singer Diana Ross, on international jaunts, and racks up frequent flier miles monthly. Jane Sung, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tracee Ellis Ross on How Travel Is 'Empowering'," 2 July 2018 The Harris County Sheriff's Office sergeant who was hospitalized from the flier has been released from care. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Things to know about 'targeted individuals', one of the internet's most wild conspiracies," 28 June 2018 Tallinn and Helsinki: Blame the frequent-flier-mile ticket for my 20-hour journey to Tallinn, Estonia. Steven Shundich, Cincinnati.com, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia," 27 June 2018 On Saturday, United hosted five 747 aficionados who bid frequent-flier miles, along with their guests and some employees, for a final tour and celebration of the airline’s last one, tail number N118UA. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Last Rites for a Boeing 747," 6 June 2018 There’s no indication the league is considering going to three conferences, meaning one Eastern team is going to be racking up frequent flier miles if the Columbus Crew do not relocate to Austin, Texas. Brian Straus, SI.com, "FC Cincinnati to Be Awarded MLS Expansion Team, Club to Join League in 2019," 24 May 2018 Despite her age and health troubles, Kor has been racking up the frequent flier miles in the past year. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Holocaust survivor Eva Kor says she had 'demeaning' TSA body search," 5 Mar. 2018 The Gees, who recently reached 1 million followers on Instagram and have several million more frequent flier miles, now have the art of packing their overnight bags down to a science. Cathy Free, PEOPLE.com, "Millionaire 'Bucket List' Family Who Sold Belongings to Travel the World Prepares for Baby No. 3," 8 Feb. 2018 In addition to the hard plastic signs, typically advertising home or car purchases, teams also removed fliers and posters promoting shows, often stapled to telephone poles. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "Philly residents tear down 8,000 illegal 'bandit signs.' Get paid.," 11 July 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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