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
Recent Examples on the Web Airbnb was a fledgling entity in 2010, having been founded just two years prior. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Google search trends show how travel has changed in the last decade," 29 Dec. 2019 As things stand, the fledgling relationship between Moon and Kim is on ice. Paula Hancocks, CNN, "Why North Korea wants nothing to do with South Korea," 19 Dec. 2019 Toscanini declined to perform at Bayreuth while Nazi banners flew, instead lending his prestige to the fledgling Palestine Symphony Orchestra. The Economist, "The classical musicians who were enlisted in the cold war," 12 Dec. 2019 León signed Rosalía as a fledgling flamenco act and oversaw her signing to Sony Spain and Columbia, followed by her album El Mal Querer hitting No. 1 on Latin Pop Albums. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2019 Women In Music Top Executives," 12 Dec. 2019 Unlike Romney, who really was merciless about destroying jobs if that’s what the business strategy required, Buttigieg was merely a fledgling McKinsey consultant, with scant power to make decisions on anything. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Does It Really Matter That Buttigieg Worked for McKinsey?," 11 Dec. 2019 The wrenching transition is revealing the difficulty of luring mainstream buyers to a fledgling, expensive technology. Joe Mcdonald, chicagotribune.com, "China’s electric car sales slump, squeezing automakers," 10 Dec. 2019 At the time, much of Wall Street was indifferent to the fledgling fintech industry, viewing many of the companies as too small to bother with. Sophie Alexander, Bloomberg.com, "He Left Goldman to Hunt Fintechs and Now Catches Unicorns," 6 Dec. 2019 Mayor Greg Fischer hit the television airwaves Tuesday morning to advocate for the former New York City mayor's fledgling presidential campaign in his new role. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to co-chair Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of fledgling

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fledgling.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fledgling. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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