feath·​er·​light ˈfe-t͟hər-ˈlīt How to pronounce featherlight (audio)
: extremely light

Examples of featherlight in a Sentence

the company has designed a strong but featherlight fiber which it hopes to market to manufacturers of body armor
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of featherlight was circa 1837

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“Featherlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/featherlight. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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