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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The Carroll County Cloggers are having a beginner class Sept. 8 at Westminster High School from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person, $50 for two family members, and $75 for three or more., "Rec Sports: Tryouts & Registrations for Sept. 1, 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Class demonstrations, an instrument fair, ice cream, and crafts will be available. Explore the music school’s early childhood programs, youth chorus, Suzuki, and beginner classes in piano, guitar, violin, drums, flute, clarinet, and ukulele. Corey Dockser,, "The fight for women’s suffrage, barn sale, and free music classes," 21 Aug. 2019 His career began at the salad station at the late, great MK restaurant, a typical starting point for a raw beginner. Phil Vettel,, "Chef Erick Williams named Food & Dining’s Game Changer Award winner," 13 Aug. 2019 Now at 101, the Encinitas great great-grandmother has shed the wheelchair and almost the walker, and continues to lead Hawaiian dance classes twice a week at the Carlsbad Senior Center, where there is a wait list for her beginner’s class. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "101-year-old hula teacher spreads aloha spirit," 9 July 2019 Late in his work life, he’s been taken off salary and put back on commission, like a beginner. Daryl H. Miller,, "Rob Morrow ages up to portray Willy Loman in ‘Death of a Salesman’," 26 June 2019 Adult beginner classes at Memorial Park begin Thursday, July 12. Terry St. John, Houston Chronicle, "Greater Houston athletic activities listings: July 6-8," 4 July 2018 Having a beginner’s mind informs my management style. David Gelles, New York Times, "Marc Benioff of Salesforce: ‘Are We Not All Connected?’," 15 June 2018 Bring yoga mat and enjoy beginner’s level yoga class. Luann Gibbs,, "Want to save $40 this month? Skip the gym with these free summer fitness classes," 14 June 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 How to pronounce beginner (audio) \

Kids Definition of beginner

: a person who is doing something for the first time

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