be·​gin·​ner bi-ˈgi-nər How to pronounce beginner (audio)
: one that begins something
especially : an inexperienced person

Examples of beginner in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Beginner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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be·​gin·​ner bi-ˈgin-ər How to pronounce beginner (audio)
: a person who is beginning something or doing something for the first time : an inexperienced person

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