de·​but | \ ˈdā-ˌbyü How to pronounce debut (audio) , dā-ˈbyü \
variants: or less commonly début

Definition of debut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a first appearance made her singing debut the writer's debut novel
2 : a formal entrance into society in honor of their daughter's debut


debuted; debuting; debuts

Definition of debut (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a first appearance or a formal entrance into society : to make a debut

transitive verb

: to present to the public for the first time : introduce debut a new product

Examples of debut in a Sentence

Noun my debut as a pianist He made his singing debut at a very young age. She is making her television debut. Verb The singer debuted 10 years ago, at the age of 15. The car debuted 30 years ago. The computer will soon be debuting in stores across the country. The network debuts a new sitcom tonight.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fields made his debut on the first drive of the game and finished 2-for-2 passing for 10 yards. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 After a few flirty tweets and exchanges on Twitter, the couple made their public debut at the 2018 Met Gala. Colleen Kratofil,, 13 Sep. 2021 The singer made her acting debut in Amazon Studios’ adaptation of Cinderella, which was released in select theaters and on Amazon Prime over Labor Day Weekend. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2021 The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has been a regular holiday visitor to Birmingham since 2004, when the ensemble made its debut at the BJCC Concert Hall. Mary Colurso |, al, 13 Sep. 2021 But one of his former teammates also saw something different in Stafford on Sunday night when the new Rams quarterback made his debut against the Chicago Bears in the first meaningful game at SoFi Stadium. Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 The leopards, 2-year-old sisters Nova and Luna, came to Dallas from the Houston Zoo and made their public debut last week. Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2021 In a 15-12 comeback win over Tucson Sahuaro, the sophomore made his varsity debut in the fourth quarter, throwing two TD passes and a 2-point conversion. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2021 Olivia just made her highly anticipated debut at the MTV Video Music Awards, where she's nominated for five awards including Best New Artist, Push Performance Artist, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Video. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 12 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As usual, the Met Gala guest list is being kept under lock and key until the glamorous invitees debut their couture creations the night of the event. Christi Carras Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 The new merchandise has been split into five different collections that will debut at set times through the rest of 2021. Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Sep. 2021 The long-term plans are far grander than what will debut. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Sep. 2021 Ford’s overseas departments say the all-new Ranger will debut before the end of the year before going on sale in 2022, but the timing could end up different for the U.S. market. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 9 Sep. 2021 And check out new photos from season 2, plus a poster: All eight episodes of The Baby-Sitters Club season 2 will debut Oct. 11 on Netflix. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 8 Sep. 2021 Superfrico, which will debut on September 24 next to the Opium theater at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas resort. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2021 The Knights may carry up to 80 roster members but likely will debut with around 40. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 7 Sep. 2021 Winger Santiago Moreno made his Timbers debut against the Sounders. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of debut


1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1830, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for debut

Noun and Verb

French début, from débuter to begin, from Middle French desbuter to play first, from des- de- + but starting point, goal — more at butt entry 2

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“Debut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of debut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the first time an actor, musician, athlete, etc., does something in public or for the public



English Language Learners Definition of debut (Entry 2 of 2)

: to appear in public for the first time : to make a debut
: to show or provide (something, such as a product, television show, etc.) to the public for the first time


de·​but | \ ˈdā-ˌbyü How to pronounce debut (audio) , dā-ˈbyü \

Kids Definition of debut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a first public appearance The singer made his debut on TV.
2 : the formal entrance of a young woman into society


debuting\ ˈdā-​ˌbyü-​iŋ , dā-​ˈbyü-​iŋ \; debuted\ -​ˌbyüd , -​ˈbyüd \

Kids Definition of debut (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a first public appearance A new character debuted in today's comic strip.
2 : to present to the public for the first time The car manufacturer is debuting its new models.

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