fledgling

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

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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

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Rennes coach Julien Stephan — who is the son of France’s World Cup-winning assistant coach Guy Stephan — has made a great start to his fledgling managerial career with four straight league wins. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Fabregas almost creates winner as Monaco draws at Marseille," 13 Jan. 2019 But that changed when the coach of the fledgling Islanders, Al Arbour, who’d worked the Seals bench when Marshall was there, gave him a call. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Poulsbo resident, former defenseman Bert Marshall is keeping an eye on Seattle’s NHL decisions," 25 Mar. 2019 Rize Chef Natalie Wall quickly turned this fledgling north-side restaurant into one of Indy’s best brunch spots. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 25 June 2018 Sorry, helicopter parents, but your fledgling college student could be cutting you loose. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "No need to call dad: Northeastern students can use Alexa to answer school-related questions," 22 June 2018 His orders were to befriend those natives, frustrate the unholy alliance between the British and the fledgling United States, promote commerce and pioneer a new route across the continent. Felipe Fernández-armesto, WSJ, "‘El Norte’ and ‘América’ Review: The Improbable Empire," 1 Mar. 2019 Dundon also will serve as chairman of the fledgling eight-team league that began play on Feb. 9. Barry Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Hurricanes owner Dundon invests $250 million in Alliance," 19 Feb. 2019 From a visual perspective, freedom to experiment with music videos proved consequential for Devo during the early 1980s, when the fledgling cable station MTV was looking for content to populate its music video channel. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "The Art of De-Evolution: Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale discuss two new books that celebrate punk band Devo's visual work," 12 July 2018 In its former building, which now houses five small high schools, a music teacher struggles to fill a single fledgling concert band. New York Times, "In New York High Schools, the Sound of Music Is Muted," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of fledgling

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near fledgling

flector

fledge

fledgeless

fledgling

fledgy

flee

fleece

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The first known use of fledgling was in 1830

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fledgling

noun

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

fledgling

noun
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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