• WordNet 3.6
    • adj fledgling young and inexperienced "a fledgling enterprise","a fledgling skier","an unfledged lawyer"
    • adj fledgling (of a young bird) having acquired its flight feathers "a fledgling robin"
    • n fledgling young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying
    • n fledgling any new participant in some activity
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fledgling A young bird just fledged.
    • n fledgling Hence A raw or inexperienced person.
    • fledgling Newly fledged; untried.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fledgling a little bird just fledged
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. fligge, flegge—A.S. flycge, fledged (cf. Ger. flügge)—fléogan, to fly (Ger. fliegen).


In literature:

These mighty birds soared far out over the divide and returned with meat for their fledglings in the nest.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
The fledgling had no time to think.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
There is not a generous sentiment in his breast; he would not spare the fledgling in the nest.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
He threw stones at the nest, until he brought down two tiny, bleeding fledglings.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
There was an instant's clamor from hidden fledglings, and silence as the shadow passed back once more into the sunshine.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
When everything was buried she shut the door upon it, as in her heart she was shutting the door on her poor little fledgling hopes.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
A terrified bird flew out of the hedge, no further than a fledgling's flight in front of her.
"The Flaw in the Crystal" by May Sinclair
That a fledgling should presume to pick flaws.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Her June fledglings were but just gone and she was in the earliest days of her summer rest.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
Thus their little fledgling of free love is not required to battle against the overwhelming force of social ostracism.
"Modern marriage and how to bear it" by Maud Churton Braby

In poetry:

‘Neath wind-torn skies fast speeding
As the clouds above
Dost skim and sail
With wedge-wrought tail
‘Mid fledglings sweetly pleading,
to departed love.
"The Hawk" by Leon Gellert
God's eye is upon him. He penciled his path
Whose omniscient notice the frail fledgling hath.
Though lightnings be lurid and earthquakes may shock,
He rides on the whirlwind or rests on the rock.
"Upward" by Mary Baker Eddy
Sing to your fledglings again,
Mother, O lift up your head!
Evil that plagued us is slain,
Death in the garden lies dead.
Terror that hid in the roses is impotent—flung on the dung-hill
and dead!
"Darzee's Chaunt" by Rudyard Kipling
For Summer's fingers all the land have richly dressed,
Resplendent in regalia of scent and bloom,
And stirred in every heart the spirit of unrest,
Like that of untamed fledglings in the parent nest
For ampler room.
"The Tourist" by Hattie Howard
The parent bird its brood protects
As fledglings in their downy nest,
Until a Power their flight directs
From trial trips to distant quest,
Through trackless zones of ether blue,
For bird companions strange and new.
"Honest John" by Hattie Howard
She sang, and the song trembled down to my breast,--
(It was sweet, so sweet the singing.)
As a dove just out of its fledgling nest,
And, putting its wings to the first sweet test,
Flutters homeward so wearily winging.
"Remembered" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Another Pinnacles pair hatched a fledgling on a neighboring ranch last October.
Traditionally, the group offers money to fledgling small businesses.
Egypt Vote Tests Fledgling Democracy.
What better way to salute America on the Fourth of July than to rejoice with one of the staple crops of the fledgling nation – corn.
For a construction worker/former singer and a fledgling director, 'Searching for Sugar Man' is a bundle of dreams come true.
William Morgan was a stonemason who joined a fledgling Mason lodge, learning some secrets about the Masons .
City staff will work with a fledgling nonprofit to hammer out details of a plan to manage a not-yet-built performing arts facility on Kings Village Road.
When Lynne Finding joined LINK as a volunteer more than 20 years ago, the fledgling nonprofit dedicated to "breaking the cycle of poverty" in.
Occupy Sandy Haitian Relief, a fledgling offshoot of the relief movement, is raising money to provide water filters and compost toilets in Haiti, where human waste is the biggest threat to human health.
It is perpetually refashioning its fledgling LaMusica.com Web site as a way to connect Latin music fans with its network of stations.
With the snip of a ribbon, the Miami Arena, home to fledgling National Basketball Association team the Miami Heat, officially opened Friday.
The fledgling economy can knock us down, but small business isn't having it.
The tax collectors and their delay on ruling on tax-exempt status for fledgling nonprofit news outlets.
A ninth-place finish in last year's Asian Sevens Series, as well as a series of hefty defeats at The Sevens, persuaded the IRB to overlook the fledgling UAE side this year.
Last year, those four pairs of peregrines produced 11 fledglings, said Will Keeley, a wildlife ecologist for the city.

In science:

He is largely unknown in BAA circles today and his contribution to the fledgling organisation is perhaps underestimated.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness