flying saucer


plural flying saucers
: 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 In the past, these were labeled as Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, conjuring images of little green men and flying saucers. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 2 May 2024 The extraterrestrial home in Carlisle consists of what looks to be two flying saucers joined by a tubular walkway. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 21 Apr. 2024 Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, puffed out a string of near-perfect rings over the weekend — prompting comparisons to smoke rings, or a fleet of giant flying saucers floating gently into the blue sky. Leo Sands, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 The dumplings look like mini flying saucers on the plate. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 The stories of flying saucers, little green men, and contact with beings from across the cosmos have fascinated the public for centuries as people have wondered what's beyond our skies. Kelsey Klimara, ABC News, 19 Jan. 2024 The short-term rental unit features a flying saucer and all the modern conveniences. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Aug. 2023 The alien invasion mode will include a flying saucer that can tractor beam the map and pull stuff up into the air to create an even more chaotic environment for players to fight in. Tom Warren, The Verge, 8 Dec. 2023 Why many California exes are moving to Texas Biden support is down sharply among California voters Where to find flying saucer doughnut dumplings in L.A. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flying saucer was in 1947

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“Flying saucer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

flying saucer

: any of various unidentified flying objects often reported to be saucer-shaped or disk-shaped

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