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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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 Airlines have long worked to differentiate themselves, encouraging loyalty by offering generous perks for frequent fliers and those who can afford to fly first class. Lori Aratani, chicagotribune.com, "It's buyer beware as big airlines embrace 'basic economy' fares," 13 Mar. 2018 Airlines have long worked to differentiate themselves, encouraging loyalty by offering generous perks for frequent fliers and those who can afford to fly first class. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "It’s buyer beware as big airlines embrace ‘basic economy’ fares," 12 Mar. 2018 Most carriers waived change fees for fliers who needed to make other plans. Morgan Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee flights canceled due to winter storm in Northeast," 2 Mar. 2018 The city will pay for fliers stapled to telephone poles as well as the thicker plastic boards typically advertising cash for homes. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "City will pay nonprofits up to $10,000 to take down bandit signs," 1 Mar. 2018 Ages 7 and up, with three zones for the littlest fliers, ages 3 to 6. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New business roundup, Feb. 15," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of flier

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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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