American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A young bird that has recently acquired its flight feathers.
- n. A young or inexperienced person.
- adj. New and untried or inexperienced: a fledgling enterprise.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young bird just fledged.
- n. Hence A raw or inexperienced person.
- Newly fledged; untried.
- adj. this sense?) untried or inexperienced
- n. literally A young bird which has just developed its flight feathers (notably wings).
- n. figuratively An immature, naïve and/or inexperienced person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. prenominal having just acquired its flight feathers; -- of a young bird.
- adj. young and inexperienced.
- n. any new participant in some activity
- adj. (of a young bird) having acquired its flight feathers
- n. young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying
- adj. young and inexperienced
- From fledge 'prepare for flying' + diminutive suffix -ling (Wiktionary)
“The site is in fledgling stages, so info and photos are lacking a bit, but I do think this site needs to branch out into sweetwater.”
“LONDON — Police increased their guard around Buckingham Palace and other landmarks Wednesday as security officials monitored what they described as a fledgling terror plot to wage Mumbai-style shooting sprees or other attacks on Britain, France or Germany.”
“Lest anyone suspect that her head was turned by the exhilarating successes of the past year, however, she called her fledgling venture Abishag Productions.”
“Here, he says that anyone who supports the United States in this occupation should be attacked, that is, the fledgling government here.”
“Recalling the fledgling days in founding his 826 Valencia literary program for children, author Eggers called Kass his mentor.”
“Their instinct, though, is right on: having just the right trademark can make or break a fledgling product or technology.”
“MONTREAL - When Quebec politician Henri Bourassa proposed to call his fledgling newspaper Le Devoir - or The Duty - there were doubts even in his elevated circle as to whether a paper by that name devoted to harping on the theme of "public duty" would find a sustaining readership.”
“Organizers and participants in the nation's only working cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions called the fledgling attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions a success Wednesday.”
“KONKRET, called the fledgling paper "Baby-FAZ," implying that it wasn't very different from the bourgeoisie”
“They plan to call the fledgling organisation Rainka, a combination of "rainbow" and "kankra", a word they use among themselves that Mbewe says is based on the Bemba word for fruits.”
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