unidentified flying object

noun

plural unidentified flying objects
: a mysterious flying object in the sky that is sometimes assumed to be a spaceship from another planet
The Peking Evening News said today that it was swamped with telephone calls from people reporting an "unidentified flying object" over the city. The bright round object spotted yesterday turned out to be a research balloon reflecting the sunlight, the newspaper said.The New York Times

called also UFO

Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unidentified flying object was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Unidentified flying object.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unidentified%20flying%20object. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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