Definition of fledgling in English:


Syllabification: fledg·ling
Pronunciation: /ˈflejliNG
(also fledgeling)


  • 1A young bird that has just fledged.
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    • 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
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    • 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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