noun, often attributive
fledg·​ling | \ ˈflej-liŋ How to pronounce fledgling (audio) \

Definition of fledgling

1 : a young bird just fledged (see fledge sense 1) a female bird feeding her fledglings
2 : an immature or inexperienced person fledgling medical students
3 : one that is new a fledgling company

Examples of fledgling in a Sentence

a female bird feeding her fledglings at hockey he's still a fledgling and needs to work on his basic skating skills
Recent Examples on the Web In cloud computing, Amazon was well ahead of both Google and Microsoft’s fledgling Windows Azure cloud service. Alex Salkever, Fortune, 21 Dec. 2021 Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd's decision delivers a crippling blow to the fledgling education opportunity account program, which narrowly became law earlier this year. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 8 Oct. 2021 Preseason Kickoff Classic games take place Aug. 20, during which Wilson’s impact on the fledgling program will again come into focus for coaches and players. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, 3 Aug. 2021 Wilson then accepted the first wrestling scholarship ever offered by Jacksonville State’s fledgling program. John Pruett | For Al.com, al, 17 Dec. 2021 Years passed before a conference title became a reasonable goal for the fledgling program. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Dec. 2021 Against the reigning Super Bowl champions the Dolphins resembled a fledgling college program expected to take a beatdown. Steve Svekis, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Oct. 2021 Many people conjure visions of the fledgling film industry, populated with actors such as Charles Chaplin and Greta Garbo and Hollywood hopefuls arriving in droves, writes Rachel Schnalzer. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2021 Founded in 2013, Lee joined WeLab in 2014 as head of growth and helped grow the then-fledgling startup into one of Hong Kong's hottest homegrown companies. Osim Contributor, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of fledgling

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fledgling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fledgling. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of fledgling

: a young bird that has just become able to fly
: someone or something that is getting started in a new activity


fledg·​ling | \ ˈflej-liŋ How to pronounce fledgling (audio) \

Kids Definition of fledgling

: a young bird that has just grown the feathers needed to fly

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