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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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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18 Sep 2020

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“Beginner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 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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