fledgling

noun, often attributive
fledg·​ling | \ ˈflej-liŋ \

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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Many of these companies are small fledgling aerospace companies that have yet to put anything in space. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA selects nine companies that will vie to put small landers on the Moon," 29 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, after enjoying several careers myself—the longest one as a magazine editor and writer—my fledgling New Orleans decorating business was just starting to take off. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, "A New Orleans Manse is Given New Life with a Fashionable Pizzazz," 26 Oct. 2018 But according to artist John Byrne, the fledgling idea that would eventually become Venom began much earlier, as a solution to a simple problem concerning superhero costumes. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Venom, Spider-Man’s symbiote supervillain, explained," 3 Oct. 2018 In this fictional version of the story, Flanagan gives us Kif Kehlmann, a fledgling writer living hand-to-mouth with his pregnant wife and their daughter in Tasmania. Olen Steinhauer, New York Times, "A Novel Based on the True Story of a Con Man and His Ghostwriter," 1 June 2018 Time_Sports Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has taken a major step forward in his fledgling golf career. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Tony Romo wins Wisconsin amateur golf tournament by nine strokes," 9 July 2018 The following year Vanguard, then a fledgling firm, took up Samuelson’s challenge and launched an index fund for retail investors. The Economist, "The growth of index investing has not made markets less efficient," 5 July 2018 During the debate, assembly members expressed reservations about raising taxes on a fledgling industry that appeared to be covering its administrative costs. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "For third month in a row, Alaska marijuana tax tops $1 million," 4 July 2018 As the birthplace of American cinema, California has seen a fledgling industry grow into a global economic powerhouse that today supports the livelihoods of more than 715,000 Californians. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "California Extends Film Tax Credits to 2025," 27 June 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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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 \

Kids Definition of fledgling

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

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