Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bird kept as a pet in a cage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bird that is kept confined in a cage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bird confined in a cage; esp. a young bird.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird kept in a cage; a cage-bird.

Etymologies

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cage +‎ -ling

Examples

  • Or am I as a child perhaps, chasing a flown cageling, who among the branches free plays and peeps at the offered cage (as a home not to be urged on him), and means to take his time of coming, if he comes at all?

    Lorna Doone

  • A bird sat its perch and sang that intricate, haunting repertoire of melodies for which men had created it; yet this bird was no cageling, it had a place in the woods.

    Two in Time

  • Magistrate decrees logodaedaelian hoosegow cageling may retain his thesaurus.

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