Definition of fledge
of a young bird
: to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity; also : to leave the nest after acquiring such feathers
1 : to rear until ready for flight or independent activity
2 : to cover with or as if with feathers or down
3 : to furnish (as an arrow) with feathers
Examples of fledge in a sentence
The young birds haven't yet fledged.
Origin and Etymology of fledge
fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying, Old English flēogan to fly — more at fly
First Known Use: 1566
FLEDGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fledge for English Language Learners
of a bird : to develop the feathers necessary for flying
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up fledge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).