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

And a few months after baby #1 is born, her second baby will make its debut: Tamron Hall, her brand-new syndicated show, will debut on September 9, 2019. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Tamron Hall's Husband Steven Greener Before Their Baby Arrives," 4 Mar. 2019 Mereba effortlessly crafts an otherworldly ode to her lover on this track from her debut project The Jungle Is the Only Way Out. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Wedding Songs of 2019 (So Far)," 1 Mar. 2019 Here are four new reads that Vogue editors have been loving—two fiction debuts and a pair of memoirs that should carry you away till spring. Vogue, "Need a Read? Here Are 4 New Books We're Loving," 26 Feb. 2019 Further Reading Virgin Galactic moves on from crash, debuts flashy new spaceship However, suborbital flight is still relatively easy compared to an orbital flight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Virgin Galactic just flew to 82.68 kilometers—is this space?," 13 Dec. 2018 His involvement came together in a matter of days last week, according to Dundon and Alliance co-founder Charlie Ebersol, though Dundon had been monitoring the AAF’s development and debut. Barry Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Hurricanes owner Dundon invests $250 million in Alliance," 19 Feb. 2019 In December 2016, Lee released her debut book Weddiculous (Harper Collins). Marie Claire, "Feminist Writers Re-Write the Endings to 3 Classic Rom-Coms," 15 Feb. 2019 Their IPOs are expected to be part of a big year for tech debuts, potentially including Palantir Technologies Inc., Airbnb Inc., Slack Technologies Inc. and Postmates Inc. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber Sales Growth Slows Further as IPO Nears," 15 Feb. 2019 Although the Irish girl group's debut single had a rocky start, the upbeat tune topped the charts throughout Europe and U.S. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "20 Best Irish Songs to Help You Celebrate St. Patrick's Day," 13 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Designer Capsule Collection will debut a new piece from a different designer the first week of each month, February through November—starting with a stacking etageré by Amanda Lindroth. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Oomph's New Showroom With Quadrille is a High-End, Color-Filled Dream," 15 Feb. 2019 The Volvo all-electric VNR will debut in California, because development of the semi was part of the state's LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) program. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s coming all-electric semi will compete with Tesla’s," 13 Dec. 2018 Currently slated for 10 episodes, Huda Boss will debut a new video on Facebook every Tuesday, starting with June 12. Marci Robin, Allure, "Did Huda Kattan Hint at a Huda Beauty Concealer Launch on Her Facebook?," 27 Aug. 2018 On Demand, and will debut on air July 15 at 10 p.m. on Showtime. Jean Bentley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?': All the Details (So Far) About the Showtime Comedy," 13 July 2018 Shamet, the 26th overall pick in the 2018 draft, will debut with the team on Friday in Las Vegas during summer league. Sarah Todd,, "Sixers officially sign Landry Shamet to rookie contract," 4 July 2018 This holiday season also marks the first time in its 94-year history that the retailer has debuted a digital storytelling concept alongside traditional props. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Saks Fifth Avenue Serves Up Holiday Window Magic," 6 Dec. 2018 The latest addition is a post debuting the new shape of her belly button. Lily Rose, SELF, "Kate Hudson Shows Off Her 'Outie' Pregnancy Belly Button," 6 Sep. 2018 But the cakes don’t debut until around 2 p.m., so plan accordingly. Bon Appetit, "Burrow," 25 June 2018

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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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