A flyer can be something or someone that flies on a plane, but another meaning is a handbill or advertising sheet handed out to people on the street. Because it's designed to go far, it gained the name flyer.

As far back as the 15th Century, Middle English used the word flyer to refer to something that travels quickly through the air, generally a bird or projectile. The connection with a person came about later, when air travel became more common. If you are a frequent flyer, you travel a lot. If you frequently post flyers, maybe you're in a band. Note: it doesn't matter if you spell the word flyer or "flier," as both are correct, but don't use both in one piece of writing.

Primary Meanings of flyer

an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution
someone who operates an aircraft
Full Definitions of flyer

n an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution

bill, broadsheet, broadside, circular, flier, handbill, throwaway
an advertising circular that is enclosed with other material and (usually) sent by mail
Type of:
ad, advert, advertisement, advertising, advertizement, advertizing
a public promotion of some product or service

n someone who operates an aircraft

aeronaut, airman, aviator, flier
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Floyd Bennett
United States aviator who (with Richard E. Byrd) piloted the first flight over the North Pole (1890-1928)
Louis Bleriot
French aviator who in 1909 made the first flight across the English Channel (1872-1936)
Jacqueline Cochran
United States aviator who held several speed records and headed the women's Air Force pilots in World War II (1910-1980)
James Harold Doolittle
United States Air Force officer who electrified the world in 1942 by leading a squadron of 16 bombers on a daylight raid over Tokyo (1896-1993)
Amelia Earhart
first woman aviator to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic (1928); while attempting to fly around the world she disappeared over the Pacific (1898-1937)
Howard Robard Hughes
United States industrialist who was an aviator and a film producer; during the last years of his life he was a total recluse (1905-1976)
Charles Augustus Lindbergh
United States aviator who in 1927 made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean (1902-1974)
William Mitchell
United States aviator and general who was an early advocate of military air power (1879-1936)
Wiley Post
United States aviator who in 1933 made the first solo flight around the world (1899-1935)
Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
the most decorated United States combat pilot in World War I (1890-1973)
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airwoman, aviatress, aviatrix
a woman aviator
airplane pilot, pilot
someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
barnstormer, stunt flier, stunt pilot
a pilot who travels around the country giving exhibits of stunt flying and parachuting
captain, senior pilot
the pilot in charge of an airship
combat pilot
airplane pilot who fights in an action between two military forces
co-pilot, copilot
a relief pilot on an airplane
a pilot trained and willing to cause a suicidal crash
test pilot
a pilot hired to fly experimental airplanes through maneuvers designed to test them
the pilot who positions his aircraft outside and behind (on the wing of) the leader of a flying formation
Type of:
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
a worker who has acquired special skills

n someone who travels by air

Type of:
traveler, traveller
a person who changes location

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