de·​but | \ˈdā-ˌbyü, 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



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

The Christmas Contract debuts on Lifetime Thursday, November 22 at 8 P.M. ET. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Trailer for the One Tree Hill Lifetime Christmas Movie Is Everything I Wanted," 16 Nov. 2018 As fans pointed out on Twitter, Ariana joins a relatively exclusive group of women with No. 1 single debuts. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Is the First Woman Since Adele to Debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100," 12 Nov. 2018 Last night on Keeping up with the Kardashian, the baby made her debut, when Kylie brought her daughter over for family dinner. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Kardashians Open Up About the Struggle of Keeping Kylie Jenner's Pregnancy Secret," 24 Sep. 2018 Fans can expect to see LeAnn Rimes, Chad Michael Murray, and Kellie Pickler make their debut, along with returning favorites like Lacey Chabert, Candace Cameron Bure, and Lori Loughlin. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Patti LaBelle Is Starring in a New Hallmark Christmas Movie and It's the Best Present Ever," 18 Sep. 2018 While this may be her catwalk debut, this isn't Lourdes' first time attending New York Fashion Week. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Madonna's Daughter, Lourdes Leon, Just Walked Her First Fashion Show," 12 Sep. 2018 On September 28, season five debuts, visiting Bangkok, Philadelphia, Istanbul, and Barcelona. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Netflix's 'Chef's Table' Season 5 and 6 Takes Us to London, Istanbul, Charleston," 11 Sep. 2018 The six-part documentary series debuts at 10 p.m. Monday, July 30, on the Paramount Network, which was formerly Spike. Hal Boedeker,, "Trayvon Martin: Parents promote 'Rest in Power' documentary," 13 July 2018 Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which won outstanding drama series in 2017 upon its debut, claimed another 20 nominations, including acting nods for its star, Elisabeth Moss, and its supporting actors. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Emmy Nominations 2018: Netflix Takes Over," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now that production has scaled up, Anderson is concentrating on ceramics, a craft he’s been honing for 20 years, with plans to debut his first collection through the showroom this spring. Jennifer Alfano, WSJ, "Three Power Couples Discuss What It Takes to Collaborate Successfully," 9 Nov. 2018 Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge Spotify is currently testing an Apple Watch app that’s expected to debut soon. Tom Warren, The Verge, "A first look at Spotify on the Apple Watch," 6 Nov. 2018 Dakota Johnson may have been the one to debut the new minidress–filled, glam-rock Celine aesthetic on the red carpet last week, but her peer Natalie Portman is proving that creative director Hedi Slimane’s vision has versatility. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Natalie Portman Shows Us How to Wear Hedi Slimane’s New Celine Suiting," 2 Nov. 2018 Hainan Airlines Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines collaborated with designer Laurence Xu to debut its new uniforms at Paris Couture Week fall/winter 2017. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Stylish Flight Attendant Uniforms," 15 Oct. 2018 Last week, Clarke took to Instagram to debut a brand-new tattoo: a series of dragons delicately drawn on her wrist. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emilia Clarke Just Cut Off All Her Hair And It's SO Short," 27 Sep. 2018 On the eve of a national expansion, AutoCamp is set to debut their latest location: Yosemite National Park. Megan Barber, Curbed, "New ‘Airstream hotel’ coming to Yosemite National Park," 17 Sep. 2018 Rihanna unleashed the wild beast in a lush tropical land to debut her second season of Savage x Fenty lingerie and loungewear. Fox News, "Rihanna surprises fans with Gigi and Bella Hadid in her Savage X Fenty runway show," 13 Sep. 2018 Apple is also reportedly planning to debut three new iPhones, Apple Watches with larger screens and new iPad Pros this year. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Silicon Valley’s campaign cash donors who matter," 21 Aug. 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


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, 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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