- a young bird just fledged.
- an inexperienced person.
- young, new, or inexperienced: a fledgling diver.
Also especially British, fledge·ling.
Origin of fledgling
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Examples from the Web for fledgling
But that may just add to the allure for these fledgling leaders.So You Want to Rule a Kingdom? A Wacky History of One-Man Nations
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Three days into the life of the fledgling country and separatists dissemble on how far advanced they are in state making.Inside East Ukraine’s Make-Believe Republics
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He has intimidated and humiliated the fledgling pro-European government in Kiev.Obama’s Nuclear Summit Aimed to Stop Terrorists. Now Putin’s the Issue.
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He also has an LP and his own fledgling record company called Chin Stroke.The Mystery of FluteDrop: D.J. Detweiler Pairs Miley Cyrus With Woodwinds
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For a small and fledgling army, open revolution was inconceivable.Anger at the Heart of Nelson Mandela’s Violent Struggle
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He had not vocalized since fledgling days and his voice had a jarring croak of disuse.Traders Risk
But the words most grateful to Jimmy Grayson were the thanks of the fledgling's father.The Candidate
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The dwarf explains that he is to Siegfried what the father is to the fledgling.The Complete Opera Book
Ghvthisavari thanked her heartily, took away a fledgling, and went home.Georgian Folk Tales
You crow loud as a fledgling cock with your weighty subjects!In Search of Mademoiselle
- a young bird that has just fledged
- a young and inexperienced or untried person, organization or system
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Word Origin and History for fledgling
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A young bird that has just grown the feathers needed to fly and is capable of surviving outside the nest.
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