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

Definition of featherlight

: extremely light

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Laurel Creager’s best friend is a featherlight creature who perches on her shoulder, clings to her hair, demands a daily dose of mealworms ... and occasionally poops down her back. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "When a baby bird needs help, this Alabama woman swoops in," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of featherlight

circa 1837, in the meaning defined above

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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 20 Jan. 2021.

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