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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Calling all shorts-wearing beginners: A long-line blazer with looser fitting Bermuda shorts is your entry point. Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire, "How to Style Long Shorts," 15 Apr. 2019 But in the spirit of taking a 360-degree approach to prevention and healing in 2019, here Bhatia lays out an easy beginner's guide to naturally warding off the basic cold and flu this winter. 1. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 All-Natural Strategies for Fighting the Cold and Flu This Winter," 8 Jan. 2019 Both of the models have three riding modes: beginner (9.3 mph max speed), intermediate (12.4 mph max speed), and advanced (15.5 mph max speed). Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Unagi is the $1,190 electric scooter you won’t want to share with anyone," 17 Nov. 2018 The expectant mom detailed signing up for a beginner's meditation class, which includes learning to meditate twice a day for 20 minutes each, saying a mantra, and sitting upright with your eyes closed. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Sports Polka Dots and Talks Her Final Month of Pregnancy," 10 Oct. 2018 Wade Parkhurst, owner of the store, said that a starter set including a driver, a mid-range disc and a putter is perfect for a beginner. Patrick Connolly,, "Here are 6 Orlando-based Father's Day gift ideas," 14 June 2018 However, both beginners and expert photographers looking for a pocketable point-and-shoot enjoy using it in auto mode. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Compact Digital Cameras for Capturing Your Adventures," 17 Apr. 2019 Also, because the standard move can be quite difficult, Borden provides a beginner-friendly regression at the end. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Do Nordic Curls to Strengthen Your Hamstrings, Like Celebrity Trainer Ashley Borden," 14 Feb. 2019 Softer mats, often made from PVC, are lighter, less expensive, and have more cushioning for beginners. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "8 Best Yoga Mats to Buy in 2019, According to Yoga and Wellness Experts," 28 Jan. 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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