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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Forty percent of fledglings do not survive the first week. Jill Singer, BostonGlobe.com, "Dealing with a suddenly empty nest," 17 Aug. 2019 It’s hard to see how ViacomCBS, with its fledgling CBS All Access streaming service, can be a serious competitor in a battle with the likes of Netflix, Disney, Amazon, and Apple. David Meyer, Fortune, "ViacomCBS Bargaining Power: CEO Daily," 14 Aug. 2019 Apparently, a male, female and a fledgling were feeding at the edge of the native chaparral. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Wet winter brings variety of visitors to garden," 3 Aug. 2019 Julián Castro and Beto O'Rourke will attempt to reverse the trajectory of their fledgling presidential campaigns as Democrats stage their second presidential primary debates this week. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "New Dallas Republican wants Allred's seat, Texas House drama, Democratic debate tonight," 30 July 2019 Stewart turned one of the fledglings over exposing its belly, fat from a steady diet of dragonflies and other flying insects. Washington Post, "‘Beautiful noise’: These Bellevue birds are bound for Brazil," 29 July 2019 Tomorrow, the results will either validate election forecasting models or show that this is a fledgling, imprecise science. Quanta Magazine, "Why (Almost) Everyone Was Wrong," 9 Nov. 2016 In this and other ways, La Esquina Argentina is a fledgling operation that’s just finding its footing. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Here's what to try at La Esquina Argentina, the East Valley's new Argentinian restaurant," 12 Aug. 2019 Even though states often miss their targets, the obligations do so, creates an additional demand for solar and wind power, pushing growth in a fledgling industry. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Making coal pricier is a cheaper way to cut Indian emissions than pushing renewables," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fledgling

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fledgling was in 1830

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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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