flying saucer

plural flying saucers

Definition of flying saucer

: any of various unidentified flying objects usually described as being saucer-shaped or disk-shaped Ra claims that in December of 1973, in the dish of a French volcano called Puy-de-Lassolas, he was taken onto a flying saucer, where he met a four-foot humanoid extraterrestrial with olive-colored skin, almond-shaped eyes, and long dark hair.— Toby Lester

Examples of flying saucer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moving even faster than the train is a flying saucer emanating a bright cone of light and clearly intent on beaming up the damsel. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 3 Apr. 2022 Around the corner was another Soviet-era building that looked like a flying saucer. Megan Buskey, The Atlantic, 19 Mar. 2022 The object resembles a flying saucer that crashed on Mars. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 That train — and flying saucer — arrive Monday, right on schedule. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 3 Apr. 2022 One cavern’s silhouette resembles a giant flying saucer; another is big enough to accommodate Chicago’s Willis Tower. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 31 Mar. 2022 Shortly after sunrise on a recent Saturday, an engineer for Inversion Space, a start-up that’s barely a year old, tossed a capsule resembling a flying saucer out the open door of an aircraft flying at 3,000 feet. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2022 On their first day back at camp after a long school year, a group of four friends skip their curfew and, while outside their bunks, witness the crash of a flying saucer. Jamie Lang, Variety, 18 Nov. 2021 Lillie and Fred Beckman of Munster encountered both a flying saucer, and a towering giant, all in the same afternoon during a chance August adventure in the Chicago south suburbs. Philip Potempa,, 16 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of flying saucer

1947, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2022

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“Flying saucer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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