Definition of fledgling noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also fledgeling) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈfledʒlɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfledʒlɪŋ//
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  1. 1 a young bird that has just learnt to fly
  2. 2(usually before another noun) a person, an organization or a system that is new and without experience fledgling democracies
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from the obsolete adjective fledge ‘ready to fly’, from Old English, of Germanic origin; on the pattern of nestling.
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