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
Recent Examples on the Web These music-intensive camps offer a selection of experiences for beginner through advanced. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Here's a list of summer camps in Cincinnati," 23 June 2020 Just about all of them are beginner-friendly and perfect to enjoy all summer long. Erin Alexander, TheWeek, "21 cakes to celebrate with this summer," 20 June 2020 This Top Flite 2020 XL 13-Piece Complete Golf Set makes for a great gift for any dads looking to take up golf this year, as plenty of shoppers were pleased with its beginner-friendly stainless steel irons. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "21 perfect Father's Day gifts you can get on sale right now," 8 June 2020 The first thing to know is that most folks in the firearm world are nice, friendly people who are usually more than willing to offer some help to a beginner. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt: A Step-by-Step Guide for New Adult Hunters," 3 June 2020 Surfers of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to professionals, will be able to ride the waves. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "The World's Largest Manmade Waves Are Coming to the California Desert — and Yes, You'll be Able to Surf Them," 29 Apr. 2020 In one beginner-level scenario, simulated hackers who are plotting to steal trees in Norway are communicating and hiding their interactions on a series of webpages. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "Virtual cybersecurity school teaches kids to fix security flaws and hunt down hackers," 20 May 2020 Training wheels stabilize a bicycle so a beginner can ride with less fear of falling. Popular Science, "Balance bikes to help kids learn how to ride," 14 Apr. 2020 The Yoga Studio also hosts weekly fitness classes both for advanced and beginner levels. Houston Chronicle, "Two-story fitness center, Yoga Studio help Cane Island residents keep fitness goals," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of beginner

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beginner was in the 15th century

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26 Jun 2020

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“Beginner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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