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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The skiing itself was quality, with 740 acres of terrain, 36 lifts, and a 2,890- foot vertical drop, plus intermediate runs for versatile skiers, blacks for bombers, and plenty of blues for beginners. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Philips Hue White and Color 2-Bulb Starter Kit is the best setup for beginners. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Light Up Your Space With Amazon's Philips Hue Sale," 31 Aug. 2018 Waves break all year off Playa Guiones, a surprisingly empty four-mile belt of jungle-rimmed beach, and range from beginner-friendly to double-overhead. The Editors, Outside Online, "North America's 16 Best, Most Overlooked Beaches," 1 June 2018 At first blush, the Mavic Air appears to find a middle ground between DJI’s beginner-friendly Spark drone and its pricier but more technically capable Mavic Pro. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: DJI’s new Mavic Air is a beefed-up Spark with 4K video," 23 Jan. 2018 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

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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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