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 To a beginner the night sky can be a confusing place. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Further classes tackle instruction on programs including Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Xd Animation, and generally, the Creative Cloud, all approaching them with the beginner in mind. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 Biking With Santa Family X-Mas Ride is the first beginner-level 15-mile ride (mostly) along the Long Beach Bike Path from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the city’s Leeway Sailing Center. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2020 There are recipes for vegetarians as well as recipes for beginner, amateur, and advanced cooks. Chris Hachey, BGR, 7 May 2021 Thanks to a bit of beginner's luck, the pair found the prime spot after buying chairs from a Churchill Downs vendor. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 1 May 2021 Here's a beginner's guide to the fundamentals of crypto lingo. Allison Morrow, CNN, 26 Apr. 2021 In honor of the latest Creation Stories, here’s a beginner’s guide to all the music and history of Creation Records. Brady Gerber, Vulture, 29 Mar. 2021 On a bright morning a few weeks ago, Fanny Godara, a French businesswomen who runs a restaurant in the southern Indian city of Pondicherry with her Indian husband, watched her children learn parallel turns on a beginner’s slope. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Jun 2021

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“Beginner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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