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


my debut as a pianist He made his singing debut at a very young age. She is making her television debut.


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

In 1991, the World Wide Web made its public debut as a means of accessing web pages over the Internet., "This day in history," 6 Aug. 2019 Now At 136 minutes long, The Nightingale is a harrowing, uncompromising look at the realities of British rule in Australia—an intriguing follow-up to Kent’s deservedly hyped directorial debut, The Babadook. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale Delves Into a Harrowing Past," 4 Aug. 2019 Prince produced West Side Story in 1957, which marked Sondheim’s Broadway debut as lyricist for Leonard Bernstein. Aja Romano, Vox, "Broadway director Harold Prince left an unparalleled legacy of masterworks," 1 Aug. 2019 After almost four decades of screen and stage stardom, Rupert Everett has belatedly changed lanes recently, making his debut as both film and theater director. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Uncle Vanya': Theater Review," 31 July 2019 In the late 1950s, just as the doll Barbie was making her debut as a teenager with unrealistic physical dimensions, Neil Estern invented Patti Playpal. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Neil Estern, Sculptor of Monumental Public Works, Dies at 93," 30 July 2019 McAfee signed a multi-year contract with WWE in December and has served as a co-host for the company's NXT TakeOver shows before making his NFL broadcasting debut as an analyst with FOX during the Packers-Lions game on Dec. 30. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Pat McAfee Joins ESPN as Thursday Night College Football Color Analyst," 29 July 2019 For his debut as the leader of Team Colorado, Tomlinson already is dealing with an unexpected roster development. Pat Rooney, The Denver Post, "Nate Tomlinson juggling duties with CU Buffs, Team Colorado," 23 July 2019 Before Floetry issued its debut album, Ambrosius worked with music icon and Gary, Indiana, native Michael Jackson. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Marsha Ambrosius will bring 'brutal honesty' to Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration show," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The first season debuted in September 2016 while the second season did not debut until March 2018. Joe Otterson,, "‘Atlanta’ renewed for Season 4 at FX," 7 Aug. 2019 Over the past couple of years, Amazon's moves are often met in lock step by FedEx: Amazon expanded its warehouse center, and FedEx debuted FedEx Fulfillment. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "FedEx will no longer offer ground delivery to Amazon," 7 Aug. 2019 While hardly commonplace in school yards, bullet-resistant backpacks have been on the market for years, with a company called Guard Dog Security debuting them shortly after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Bullet-resistant backpacks marketed to back-to-school shoppers," 6 Aug. 2019 Ben Folds, the singer-songwriter, has piled on, debuting a song bearing the unflattering nickname as its title. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "After Capital One, Equifax, Marriott, and the Rest, Just Assume Your Data Has Been Hacked—Cyber Saturday," 3 Aug. 2019 Thursday, Bungie announced Shadowkeep and the accompanying platform shift will now debut October 1, a two-week delay, with the raid set to release October 5. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Crusader Kings II is as cheap as it will ever get, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep delayed," 2 Aug. 2019 Both Reese Witherspoon and the official Big Little Lies social media account responded to King Princess’ Instagram post debuting the song. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "This remix of Meryl Streep's Big Little Lies scream is the summer bop we didn't know we needed," 1 Aug. 2019 Following the release of styles including a May 2018 launch and a Valentine's Day collection, Savage x Fenty returned to rock our lingerie drawers again, and debuted a summer line filled with leopard print and lace. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Released Its August 2019 Collection," 1 Aug. 2019 The midfielder was joined in the second half by Vines, a 20-year-old Colorado Springs native who has played 16 games with the senior team since debuting last year. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Rapids’ Cole Bassett scores shootout winner in MLS Homegrown Game," 30 July 2019

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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

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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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