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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That was in May 2009; a month later, in anticipation of Father’s Day, the fledgling brand sold out its stock (100 axes) in an hour. Jonny Diamond, Longreads, "Lumbersexuality, a Sport and a Pastime," 8 June 2019 But the rash of crack and cocaine overdoses also points out a weakness in the fledgling tracking system — not all EMTs and firefighters are reporting those cases, because those substances are not opioids. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Uptick in drug deaths coincides with start of statewide program to track opioid overdoses across Connecticut," 7 June 2019 Menus were also printed with watercolor renderings from the brand's fledgling archive, which were echoed by the loveliest floral arrangements clustered on the tables. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Black Iris Launches its Latest Collection With a Dreamy Dinner," 23 May 2019 An aspiring sports agent and a former consultant for Adidas AG were found guilty of bribery charges Wednesday, in a scheme to pay college basketball coaches to steer star players to sign with a fledgling sports-management company. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Mixed Verdict in College Basketball Bribery Scheme," 8 May 2019 His fledgling centrist party Republic on the Move maintains a strong majority in parliament, but the French president has been shedding prominent supporters on the left, due in part to his pro-business agenda. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Trump Unleashes Twitter Tirade Against Macron," 13 Nov. 2018 The Great Linnville Raid, as the sacking of the latter came to be known, destroyed a community of about 200 that, at the time, was one of the most important ports of entry into the fledgling Republic of Texas. San Antonio Express-News, "1840 bloodshed had long-lasting repercussions," 18 Mar. 2018 Pierre was given permission to hold her fledgling group’s board meetings and workshops at the Lab. Marvin Pave, BostonGlobe.com, "Liora Beer, 65; helped artists, social entrepreneurs launch careers," 12 Mar. 2018 The Marshall Court clearly helped stitch the fledgling republic together, and Marshall’s personal story — eldest of 15 children, raised in a a log cabin, fan of Jane Austen — is compelling. Kate Galbraith, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Without Precedent,’ by Joel Richard Paul; ‘Supreme Injustice,’ by Paul Finkelman," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fledgling

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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