be·gin·ner | \bi-ˈgi-nər, bē-\

Definition of beginner 

: one that begins something especially : an inexperienced person

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Examples of beginner in a Sentence

although our son is only a beginner at swimming, he is making excellent progress

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New this year, the department will offer a beginners fishing clinic to help new anglers learn fishing techniques, said Adventure and Outdoors Supervisor Matt Medicus. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Angling for a good fish story at Howard's 'Nite Bite'," 6 Apr. 2018 Other amenities at the gym will include more than 20 autobelays, beginner specific areas, youth programs, competition style bouldering, and gourmet coffee and smoothies. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Rock-climbing enthusiasts can set sights on Cypress," 28 Feb. 2018 Saturday, March 3: The Cleveland Brew Shop will offer a beginner beer-making class at noon. Includes a beer tasting and sandwiches. Marc Bona,, "Beer calendar: The Black Pig challenge, Granite City tappings, Sibling Revelry at 35 Brix, more," 26 Feb. 2018 The first group was given the instruction for a beginner’s level class, provided with equipment, and then set loose to get out and play. Tod Leonard,, "Big Brothers, Big Sisters and their kids take a swing at golf through Pro Kids Academy," 12 Jan. 2018 Do as other moneyed adventure seekers have done here before and rent out the entire mountain for 40 of your closest friends who don’t check the beginner/intermediate box on their equipment-rental form. Candice Rainey, Esquire, "Where to Get a Ski Slope to Yourself on Any Budget," 12 Jan. 2018 This session described below is a starting point for beginners to learn how to stretch, stabilize and strengthen their bodies., "A beginner's guide to starting a yoga practice," 10 July 2018 Events Bay Street Salsa Sundays A music series featuring live salsa music, dancing, and free lessons for beginners. 2:30 p.m. Sun., June 3 and 10. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Events listings," 31 May 2018 Techniques vary, but beginners do well with these easy steps. Beth Wood,, "Yoga and meditation tips for caregivers," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of beginner

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of beginner

: a person who is beginning something or doing something for the first time


be·gin·ner | \bi-ˈgi-nər \

Kids Definition of beginner

: a person who is doing something for the first time

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