: fully developed : total, complete
a full-fledged biography
: having attained complete status
full-fledged lawyer
: full-blown sense 2
a full-fledged reunion

Examples of full-fledged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No nuclear power plant in the world is designed to withstand full-fledged fire from the armed forces. Mia Alberti, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 Paul also goes through the evidence that Beyoncé’s follow-up to Cowboy Carter, the third in the trilogy that began with Renaissance, will be a full-fledged, official rock album. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2024 Though its proxy militias around the Middle East have launched a number of attacks on Israel since the war between Israel and Hamas began on Oct. 7, Iran has taken care to avoid a direct conflict that could lead to full-fledged war. Ronen Bergman, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 The United States may never face a single, full-fledged league of villains. Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 29 Mar. 2024 Their hobby grew into a full-fledged business in 2012, quickly developing a dedicated following who loved their creativity. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 28 Mar. 2024 In the decades that followed, the Illinois State Museum turned the site into a full-fledged museum, excavating more than 800 skeletal remains before constructing the building that stands there today. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2024 But the city of Cincinnati, where the movie was filmed in 2021 and 2022, might as well be a full-fledged co-star. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 21 Mar. 2024 Warm remarks are not the same thing as a full-fledged financial commitment. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of full-fledged was in 1579

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“Full-fledged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-fledged. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: fully developed : mature

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