be·​gin·​ner | \ bi-ˈgi-nər How to pronounce beginner (audio) , 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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Drop in for these fun, hands-on, and informative classes for beginners in technology. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "West Valley calendar of events for the week of July 12," 7 July 2019 Kody Kinzie is a co-founder of Hacker Interchange, which describes itself as an organization dedicated to teaching beginners about computer science and security. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "YouTube’s ‘instructional hacking’ ban threatens computer security teachers," 3 July 2019 With a half-mile of channels and pools, as well as 7,000 tons of rocks and boulders, Truckee River Whitewater Park is suitable for beginners and advanced kayakers alike, as well as inner tubers and canoers. Erin E. Williams, Dallas News, "Stunning vistas, modern museums and great food make Reno a solid bet," 2 July 2019 The members exhibit their enthusiasm for gardening and welcome new members of any level of education on gardening, even beginners. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Beach Cliff Garden Club’s Passport to a World of Flowers show in Rocky River celebrates 90 years," 24 June 2019 O’Brien continues to give free lessons to beginners every Sunday night from early September to the end of March. Kimberly Fornek,, "Hinsdale paddle tennis players want to name the KLM paddle hut after their most dedicated supporter," 23 June 2019 This is Indian 101, a soothing glide path for beginners and a comforting embrace for those, like me, who have fond memories of cozy Indian restaurants in London and Manhattan decades ago. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 2019 Our kayaking excursions are suitable for beginner and expert kayakers alike. National Geographic, "Greek Islands Adventure," 12 June 2019 The class is intended for beginners and does not require previous experience with the software. Max Reyes,, "Business agenda," 12 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce beginner (audio) \

Kids Definition of beginner

: a person who is doing something for the first time

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