sapling

noun sap·ling \ ˈsa-pliŋ , -plən \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of sapling

1 : a young tree; specifically : one not over four inches (about 10 centimeters) in diameter at breast height
2 : youth 2a

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First Known Use of sapling

14th century


SAPLING Defined for English Language Learners

sapling

noun

Definition of sapling for English Language Learners

  • : a young tree


SAPLING Defined for Kids

sapling

noun sap·ling \ ˈsa-pliŋ \

Definition of sapling for Students

: a young tree


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