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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Part of the flier also advertises the fact that discounts on some products could be up to 50 percent off. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "21 Days of Beauty at Ulta Might Be Starting on September 2," 22 Aug. 2018 The father of Maribel Torres reported her missing on April 23 and police circulated a missing person flier in the hopes of turning up information. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Remains believed to be missing Miami woman found in Broward canal; husband charged with murder," 15 June 2018 Summer school and summer cool participants also can get free lunches, according to a district flier. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These schools in Cudahy, St. Francis, South Milwaukee are running free meal programs this summer," 14 June 2018 Attached to the fliers were copies of an affidavit made in August 2017 by former Newburgh Heights police officer Ryan Sowders, who is now a Cleveland police officer. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "Cop's affidavit describes salacious behavior by Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins," 17 Apr. 2018 The location on Concourse C will allow access to fliers on any airline at Denver, Josh McKay, Amex’s vice president and general manager, Global Benefits and Services, said to USA TODAY’s Today in the Sky blog. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Amex: Denver airport next to get posh Centurion Lounge," 12 Apr. 2018 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

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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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