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novice

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noun nov·ice \ˈnä-vəs\

Simple Definition of novice

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  a person admitted to probationary membership in a religious community

  2. 2 :  beginner, tyro

Examples of novice

  1. 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

  2. For the novice, walking the course also means being scared senseless by all the possibilities to screw up. —Tim Keown, ESPN, 17 Sept. 2001

  3. Yet it's obvious to him and everyone else who the novice is here, the book-learned tournament virgin. —James McManus, Harper's, December 2000

  4. Much defter than one would have thought possible from the length of her fingernails, Toula had no fear of high fast notes; her flair, mounted between Andrea's perfectionist reserve and Alice's novice awkwardness, seemed all too displayed. —John Updike, The Afterlife, 1994

  5. He's a novice in cooking.

  6. a book for the novice chess player



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

novice

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noun nov·ice \ˈnä-vəs\

Definition of novice

  1. 1 :  a person who has no previous experience with something :  beginner <a novice at skiing>

  2. 2 :  a new member of a religious community who is preparing to take the vows of religion





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