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  1. the feathers on an arrow, which stabilize it during flight.


verb (used with object)
  1. to provide (an arrow) with a feather.

Origin of fletch

First recorded in 1625–35; back formation from fletcher
Related formsun·fletched, adjective
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Examples from the Web for fletching

Historical Examples

  • It was the dead of night, and a horseman rode towards the village of Fletching.

    The House of Walderne

    A. D. Crake

  • Fate had brought me to Fletching, and Fate appeared determined I should see the church.

  • Fletching church was one of the happy discoveries of the journey; though much restored it is of more than ordinary interest.

  • Mr Jones, of Fletching, Sussex, wrote that scores of cases (probably at least 50 or 60) have had more or less eruption.

  • Fletching is a very old art and, necessarily, must have many empirical methods and principles involved.

British Dictionary definitions for fletching


  1. another word for fledge (def. 2)

Word Origin

C17: probably back formation from fletcher
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Word Origin and History for fletching



mid-17c., variant of fledge (v.); also see fletcher. Related: Fletched; fletching.

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