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[flej-ling] /ˈflɛdʒ lɪŋ/
a young bird just fledged.
an inexperienced person.
young, new, or inexperienced:
a fledgling diver.
Also, especially British, fledgeling.
1820-30; fledge + -ling1
2. novice, tyro, beginner, freshman, greenhorn. Unabridged
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  • Only seven of these have resulted in successful fledglings.
  • To avoid the nest becoming too crowded, some of the more mature companies will soon have to leave, making room for fledglings.
  • The fledglings started to take a course that they seemed to know well.
  • fledglings test their wings at the age of six months, but parents continue to feed them for another year.
  • Rather, both parents and fledglings make a visual estimate of how much food will be available over the winter.
  • The first thing they did upon landing was to stew some fledglings.
  • The fledglings leave their nests in the fall and attempt to make their way to the sea.
  • Migrating fledglings know only to fly in a given direction for a certain number of days.
  • The company's offices, in a renovated ice cream factory, were filling up with dot-com fledglings.
  • Perches are also used for preening, courting, and by fledglings when learning to fly.
British Dictionary definitions for fledglings


a young bird that has just fledged
  1. a young and inexperienced or untried person, organization or system
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Word Origin and History for fledglings


1830 (adj.), 1846 as a noun meaning "young bird," from fledge + diminutive suffix -ling. Of persons, from 1856.

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fledglings in Science
A young bird that has just grown the feathers needed to fly and is capable of surviving outside the nest.
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