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 flierHe 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 Well, back in September, Delta used its frequent flier program as collateral for a $9 billion loan. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Is it time to give up your travel loyalty programs? The case for keeping or cutting up your cards," 1 Jan. 2021 Similarly, frequent flier Martha Shaughnessy, founder of The Key PR, applies a currency evaluation when it’s an option, like with credit card points. Erin Lowry, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Better to Spend Frequent Flier Miles on Business or Economy Class?," 28 Dec. 2020 Flight credits live electronically with your frequent-flier account. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Airlines Aren’t Making It Easy to Use Covid Credits," 28 Dec. 2020 Why Donovan Peoples-Jones should inspire confidence in coaches — The Browns used a sixth-round pick as a flier on Donovan Peoples-Jones, a former five-star prospect who was underwhelming at Michigan. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "5 Christmas presents for the 2020 Browns including Baker Mayfield and the Haslams: This Week in the Cleveland Browns," 21 Dec. 2020 Borkowski, who allegedly hacked into accounts to get access to frequent flier miles, would send a reservation number back to the U.S. to generate a boarding pass. Jared Weber, Dallas News, "Six men charged with stealing ‘millions’ of airline frequent flier miles," 14 Dec. 2020 Publications offering restaurant listings or information about frequent-flier deals were usurped by message boards, forums, search engines, and free public databases. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Is Substack the Media Future We Want?," 28 Dec. 2020 For frequent fliers, the B-plot is most certainly Bingham’s quest to surpass 10 million frequent-flier miles and have his name embossed on a jumbo jet. Rachel King, Fortune, "The best business documentaries, movies, and TV shows to stream during your time off," 24 Dec. 2020 Pollard is a dynamic playmaker who could be a solid flier in fantasy if the opportunity arises. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football Week 15: Add and Drop (Playoff edition)," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Flier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flier. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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