Definition of fledgling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflejliNG/
(also fledgeling)


1A young bird that has just fledged.
Example sentences
  • Only female hummingbirds are involved in parental care; they must incubate eggs, brood young hatchlings, and feed the chicks as nestlings and fledglings.
  • Scores of rare adult birds, fledglings and unhatched chicks are feared to have died when fire - which is being treated as suspicious - swept through reedbeds yesterday.
  • In monogamous species, both the male and female build the nest, incubate eggs, brood young and feed nestlings and fledglings.
chick, baby bird, nestling
1.1 [usually as modifier] A person or organization that is immature, inexperienced, or underdeveloped: the fledgling democracies of eastern Europe
More example sentences
  • We'll hear from both sides and review the changes ahead for this fledgling democracy.
  • Asia's fledgling democracies should not despair just because things are messy at the moment.
  • You are the leader of the opposition in this emerging, fledgling democracy.
emerging, emergent, sunrise, dawning, embryonic, infant, nascent;
developing, in the making, budding, up-and-coming, rising


Mid 19th century: from the obsolete adjective fledge (see fledge), on the pattern of nestling.

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Syllabification: fledg·ling

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