noun nov·ice \ˈnä-vəs\

: a person who has just started learning or doing something

: a new member of a religious group who is preparing to become a nun or a monk

Full Definition of NOVICE

:  a person admitted to probationary membership in a religious community
:  beginner, tyro

Examples of NOVICE

  1. He's a novice in cooking.
  2. a book for the novice chess player
  3. Novices serve time as scullery serfs as they work toward the privilege of trailing a pastry chef … —Guy Trebay, New York Times, 4 Sept. 2002

Origin of NOVICE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin novicius, from Latin, newly imported, from novus — more at new
First Known Use: 14th century
NOVICE Defined for Kids


noun nov·ice \ˈnä-vəs\

Definition of NOVICE for Kids

:  a person who has no previous experience with something :  beginner <a novice at skiing>
:  a new member of a religious community who is preparing to take the vows of religion


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