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Definition inexperienced; or a person or organization that is inexperienced

This sense of fledgling comes from the now less commonly used sense of the word which references a bird that recently fledged (developed its flight feathers).
  • She is a fledgling blogger.
fledgling = inexperienced (just starting out)
  • The incident tested and cemented our fledgling friendship.
  • a fledgling enterprise
  • a fledgling skier
  • a fledgling robin
  • Over such feeble fledglings the directress spread a wing of kindliest protection: it was to their bedside she came at night to tuck them warmly in...
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor
  • I've knowed him ever since he was a fledgling.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • Finally, the raucous fledglings quieted.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • fledglings = baby birds that recently grew feathers for flight
  • After a little practice, you can tell what year a fledgling is without checking the crest on her jacket.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • fledgling = a person that is inexperienced; or a bird that just recently developed the feathers that it uses to fly
  • The director had arranged to let her use the school's practice rooms, and she was beginning to tinker with some fledgling compositions.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • But Laura is a fledgling.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • We made plans to raise pigs and chickens in an ambitious extension of our fledgling cooperative.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I have no more coordination than a fledgling.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • It was with these strangers that he practiced his fledgling English, away from Eulalio's gleeful criticisms.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • We talked about the fledglings in the nest above us.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • It was his first misstep, but how to make him see it without wounding his fledgling confidence?
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • On the day a committee of men decided to murder the fledgling Congo, what do you suppose Mama Mwanza was doing?
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Her temple was deeply sunken as if a hammer had struck it and frail as a fledgling's belly.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Almost half the fledgling Farm got infectious hepatitis.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Marley's fledgling acting career was over.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me

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