Definition of fledgling in US English:

fledgling

(also fledgeling)

noun

  • 1A young bird that has just fledged.

    • ‘With the aid of spotting scopes, visitors can peer directly into the nests of the 4-foot-tall white birds and observe fledglings as they clamor for food and struggle to master the intricacies of flight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps because of the ordeal of bringing a chick to adulthood, fledglings are spoiled with every possible advantage to ensure their survival.’
    • ‘Only female hummingbirds are involved in parental care; they must incubate eggs, brood young hatchlings, and feed the chicks as nestlings and fledglings.’
    • ‘The young form flocks with other fledglings and adults when leaving the nesting area after breeding season.’
    • ‘The adults continue to provide some food for the fledglings for about a month after they fledge.’
    • ‘We confirmed fledging by sighting fledglings, listening for fledgling begging calls, or sighting parents carrying food or scolding near the nest.’
    • ‘We cannot yet reliably locate, capture, and study fledglings and recently independent young birds.’
    • ‘Or perhaps the birds were fledgelings; young and inexperienced.’
    • ‘In those instances, the adult birds fed the fledglings in a fairly conspicuous location close to the nest.’
    • ‘We checked all tagged nests daily to record laying dates of the eggs, clutch size, hatching dates, number of hatchlings, and number of fledglings.’
    • ‘In monogamous species, both the male and female build the nest, incubate eggs, brood young and feed nestlings and fledglings.’
    • ‘Neverthless, it is possible that survival rates of nestlings and fledglings might be influenced by spatial factors or by the identity of their social group.’
    • ‘Similarly, broods were only used in the analysis of fledging sex ratio if the sex of all fledglings was known.’
    • ‘When the first brood fledges, the female starts the second brood and the male feeds the fledglings.’
    • ‘Fledging success may not accurately reflect reproductive success if fledglings differ in quality.’
    • ‘Females built the nest and incubated alone, but both parents fed nestlings and fledglings.’
    • ‘Helpers are involved with territory defense, and all aspects of reproduction: incubation, brooding, feeding, and guarding nestlings and fledglings.’
    • ‘Males and females have similar roles during breeding; both help build nests, incubate eggs, feed nestlings and fledglings and remove fecal sacks.’
    • ‘Some observers have suggested that carrion on train tracks actually aids overall eagle survival by providing fledglings with a ready food supply.’
    chick, baby bird, nestling
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    1. 1.1usually as modifier A person or organization that is immature, inexperienced, or underdeveloped.
      ‘the fledgling democracies of eastern Europe’
      • ‘Zimbabwe is an example of the pressure placed on fledgeling democracies in Africa.’
      • ‘Croydon has become home to the first in a series of innovation centres to help fledgling businesses get off the ground.’
      • ‘The attack stopped fledgling peace efforts and led to international condemnation.’
      • ‘Nine years on, that fledgling script is about to see the light of day.’
      • ‘The Trust is a fledgling organisation, unrecognised by the club, which does not even reply to its letters.’
      • ‘These exchanges have become a small but meaningful way of supporting Russia's fledgling market economy.’
      • ‘Harry's fledgling business started to take off when newsagents asked him to deliver the papers along with the contents bills.’
      • ‘This young child would be the first person to be granted a wish by the fledgling organization.’
      • ‘You are the leader of the opposition in this emerging, fledgling democracy.’
      • ‘Extremely poor, it was nonetheless peaceful, stable and a fledgling democracy.’
      • ‘There will also be funds for training 100,000 teachers, and for fledgling entrepreneurs.’
      • ‘Musical wannabes turned out in force to listen to fledgling bands, play instruments and enrol for lessons.’
      • ‘This is a momentous event for our fledgling democracy after so many years of non-representative rule.’
      • ‘Asia's fledgling democracies should not despair just because things are messy at the moment.’
      • ‘Indeed, it is such films that have inspired fledgling filmmakers to take chances and think out of the box.’
      • ‘Many firms that were just fledgling start-ups in 2000 are now mature, profitable businesses.’
      • ‘The Glaswegian actor and fledgling playwright was broke, fed up with acting, and hungry for a second child.’
      • ‘We'll hear from both sides and review the changes ahead for this fledgling democracy.’
      • ‘Before opening the quarterly, I expected to read the work of fledgling student poets.’
      • ‘Between them they bring a powerful set of skills to the fledgling organisation.’
      emerging, emergent, arising, sunrise, dawning, beginning
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

fledgling

/ˈflɛdʒlɪŋ//ˈflejliNG/