debut

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noun

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

debut

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verb

debuted; debuting; debuts

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Tiger Woods’ hole-in-one ball from his professional debut at the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1996 sold for $186,000 during Heritage Auctions’ fall sports event this past weekend. Scott Venci, Journal Sentinel, 22 Nov. 2022 Sonder is the followup to Without Fear, which, in 2019, saw Kennedy became the first Irish act in over years to bow at No. 1 in the U.K. with his debut. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2022 The Way of Water — makes its theatrical debut, the original movie has finally returned to Disney Plus. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 21 Nov. 2022 After their October 2018 debut, ATEEZ found a following almost immediately. Jae-ha Kim, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2022 Hooper’s profile as a comedian soared after his national television debut. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 The notably cooler evening weather may have discouraged some potential attendees from coming to the three-day Wonderfront, which drew 57,000 people to its 2019 debut but was shuttered in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 The 1970 season was his debut with the varsity team. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 20 Nov. 2022 Unclear if the Arizona transfer makes her OSU debut Saturday. oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2022
Verb
Christmas Nights in Lights, an all-new seasonal attraction, will debut at Dezerland Park Nov. 11 – Jan. 1. Roger Sands, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 The new hybrid will debut next week, on November 16, at the L.A. auto show. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 9 Nov. 2022 The final episodes of the series will debut at midseason, with the Season 5 premiere set for Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 7 Nov. 2022 The Cardinals will debut a new starting rotation in their season opener against Cincinnati at 5 p.m. Sunday at the KFC Yum Center. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 4 Nov. 2022 Swift is also now tied with Ariana Grande for most songs by a woman to debut at number one on the Hot 100 chart. CBS News, 31 Oct. 2022 Special Forces: World's Toughest Test will debut with a two-hour premiere event on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Amanda Taylor, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2022 Hair Tales will debut October 22 on OWN and Hulu at 9 pm ET/PT. Brande Victorian, Essence, 20 Oct. 2022 Total number of songs to debut at No. 100 on the Hot 100 and hit No. 1. Xander Zellner, Billboard, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1830, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of debut was in 1751

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Cite this Entry

“Debut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/debut. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

debut 1 of 2

noun

1
: a first public appearance
my debut as a pianist
2
: a formal entrance into society

debut

2 of 2

verb

1
: to make a debut
2
: to present to society for the first time
debut a new product

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