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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When the Ku Klux Klan tried to recruit new followers in upstate New York last year, its fliers featured a Klansman flanked by the Confederate flag and the Betsy Ross flag. New York Times, "Nike and Kaepernick Back in Culture Wars After ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker Furor," 2 July 2019 Owen Silverman Andrews lives in Patterson Park and said his mailbox has been jammed with campaign fliers. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "A big-money challenger roils Southeast Baltimore's election with focus on crime, safety," 23 June 2018 His team responds to Sunshine Law requests, oversees the city’s presence on social media and produces about 200 promotional videos a year, along with fliers and magazines. Bill Turque, kansascity, "City Hall's crisis communicator: is her contract essential or an extravagance? | The Kansas City Star," 18 Feb. 2018 The number of fliers this summer is projected to be 3.4% greater than last summer, said Tom Spagnola, senior vice president of supplier relations for CheapOair. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Flying this summer? Pack a backup plan, and breathe deeply if that's possible," 17 June 2019 Lisa searched the name on her computer and the missing-person flier popped up. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Her ‘predator’ stepfather held her captive for 19 years. A grocery store conversation changed everything.," 13 June 2019 This year, entertainment was curated and co-produced by Jasmine Agosto, founder of SageSeeker Production, which hosts La Sala Femme — a performance installment by non-binary womxn of color according to the event flier. Camila Vallejo, courant.com, "TheaterWorks’ 6th District Night block party celebrates PRIDE," 11 June 2019 The flier also listed 10 of the bakery's competitors and urged customers to shop there instead. Holly Yan And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Ohio bakery awarded $11 million in libel lawsuit against Oberlin College over alleged racial profiling," 9 June 2019 Penny Blubaugh, Eisenhower’s outreach and young adult librarian, helped promote the event around the library with fliers and posters. Gianna Annunzio, chicagotribune.com, "Artistic flair: Eisenhower library's chalk art contest attracts participants of all ages," 8 June 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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