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 In the postwar years, One Worldism was increasingly the cause of fledgling, largely unknown NGOs and zealous individuals. Dexter Fergie, The New Republic, "Wendell Willkie’s World Without Borders," 22 Sep. 2020 In 1945, the original members of the United Nations ignited diplomatic history by signing the fledgling organization's famed charter in San Francisco. Richard Roth, CNN, "What to expect at the UN General Assembly in the time of Covid-19," 20 Sep. 2020 In 1972, Ginsburg became the first woman named a full professor at Columbia Law School and co-founded the ACLU’s fledgling Women’s Rights Project. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nation Mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Who Broke Barriers and Became a Feminist Icon," 19 Sep. 2020 By 1970, their numbers had fallen from nearly two million to no more than 10,000, prompting the United States Department of the Interior to add the red-cockaded woodpecker to the fledgling federal Endangered Species List. National Geographic, "How wildfires have helped these woodpeckers make a comeback," 17 Sep. 2020 At only a couple months old, the fledgling company is picking up steam. Kevin Gray, Dallas News, "Two Dallas entrepreneurs launch portable charcoal grill and smoker," 15 Sep. 2020 The community embraced the idea and the fledgling Village Food Project – as it was known then – began. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Clients, volunteers, organizers reflect on Village Project’s first decade: West Shore Chatter," 15 Sep. 2020 Many districts with fledgling online programs are still learning what the right teacher-student ratio is, said Diana Sirko, the superintendent of the Mesa County Valley School District in western Colorado. Erin Richards, The Arizona Republic, "A class of 100? COVID-19 plans overwhelming some teachers with huge virtual classes," 15 Sep. 2020 To fund SushiSwap’s development, the leader delegated 10% of all Sushi tokens to developers working on the fledgling project. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Is the SushiSwap saga a preview of a new wave of crypto chaos?," 9 Sep. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Fledgling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fledgling. Accessed 30 Sep. 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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