Something that's full-fledged is completely developed, or fully qualified. A full-fledged meal, as far as your mom's concerned, might include meat, potatoes, and a vegetable.

Things that are whole or complete are full-fledged — a full-fledged case of the flu isn't just a few sniffles and coughs, but requires you to lie in bed with a fever for several days. A full-fledged war involves two countries with a conflict deep enough to inspire violent clashes on both sides. The fledge part of full-fledged comes from the Old English -flycge, "having the feathers" or "fit to fly."

Definitions of full-fledged

adj (of persons, e.g.) having gained full status

“a full-fledged lawyer”
“by the age of seventeen I was a full-fledged atheist”
fully fledged
experienced, experient
having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation

adj (of a bird) having reached full development with fully grown adult plumage; ready to fly

fully fledged
fledged, mature
(of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination

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