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English definition of “fledgling”

fledgling

noun [C] uk (also fledgeling)   /ˈfledʒ.lɪŋ/ us  
a young bird that has grown feathers and is learning to flyAnimal youngBirds - general words

fledgling

adjective [before noun] uk (also fledgeling)   /ˈfledʒ.lɪŋ/ us  
new and without experience: The current economic climate is particularly difficult for fledgling businesses.Inexperienced (of people)Naive and trusting
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