[foo l-flejd]


of full rank or standing: a full-fledged professor.
fully developed.

Origin of full-fledged

First recorded in 1880–85
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Contemporary Examples of full-fledged

Historical Examples of full-fledged

  • What with putting on a robot as a full-fledged police officer.

    Arm of the Law

    Harry Harrison

  • A full-fledged master, outfitter, owner of a boat—my own boat!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • There was a full-fledged panic in that quartette room in an instant.

  • The new system did not spring up spontaneously and full-fledged.


    John Spargo

  • For it came not in embryo, not in the egg, so to speak, but full-fledged.

British Dictionary definitions for full-fledged



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Word Origin and History for full-fledged

1883 in figurative sense; see full (adj.) + fledge.

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