debut

noun
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

debut

verb

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

For Walt Disney World, the biggest happening this summer was the debut of Toy Story Land. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "How will Disney, Universal, SeaWorld perform financially this summer?," 12 July 2018 All this is why tonight will be a crucial game to watch, because tonight marks the debut of the Phillies’ best internal hope for improvement down the stretch. David Murphy, Philly.com, "The Phillies need another starter. Could he be pitching tonight? | David Murphy," 10 July 2018 But for James and Noah Mubiru, a father and son pair who’d missed the parade, the main event would be the debut of the soapbox derby. Brian Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Communities come together across San Antonio to celebrate the Fourth," 4 July 2018 His newest film — and a big lead role — is Sorry to Bother You, the directorial debut of activist-rapper Boots Riley of The Coup. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Lakeith Stanfield talks about Tupac, cockroaches, and his star turn in Sorry to Bother You," 2 July 2018 The Bavarian Inn isn't saying when the debut will be and a baking supervisor who answered the phone Saturday referred a caller to a spokeswoman. Brian Todd, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Bavarian Inn Restaurant teases food truck debut," 30 June 2018 In recent days, the two have been partaking in plenty of fun together, including a trip to Disneyland and the debut of a new set of matching tattoos. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Did Karaoke to Celebrate Ariana's 25th Birthday," 27 June 2018 Clauson's dream of a real dirt race at IMS has officially become a reality as IMS, the United States Auto Club, in conjunction with NASCAR, confirmed the debut of a midget car race ahead of the Brickyard 400 weekend this September. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "$15,000 USAC midget race, named for Bryan Clauson, kicks off NASCAR Brickyard 400," 26 June 2018 The interview comes alongside the debut of a new Sports Illustrated documentary about the family's search for answers. CBS News, "Tyler Hilinski, Washington State football player, had brain damage at time of suicide," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The festival debuted at the Opera House last year, and the experience felt as validating for the audience as for the performers. Claudia Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s Ethnic Dance Fest celebrates 40 years," 12 July 2018 The line's first river ship, Crystal Mozart, debuted in July 2016 with two more Crystal river vessels arriving in 2017. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Crystal Cruises river ship, Crystal Ravel, christened on Danube," 11 July 2018 In 1963, Doctor Strange debuted in Strange Tales No. 110. CBS News, "Steve Ditko, artist who co-created Spider-Man, dead at 90," 6 July 2018 Olander debuted with 10 scoreless innings in the Gulf Coast League in 2016, then pitched for Bluefield in the Appalachian League, with an 8.14 ERA in 16 games in 2017. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Former UConn Standout Tyler Olander, In Summer Of Recovery, Teaching Baseball 'For The Love Of The Game'," 28 June 2018 The trio debuted in 1989–90, near the end of the Showtime-era Lakers, before Jordan came to rule. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Run TMC Lives on as the Rare Team Celebrated for Style Rather Than Record," 28 June 2018 The Warped-offshoot Taste of Chaos debuted in 2005, ran for six years, then returned in 2015 and 2016. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vans Warped Tour, now in its 24th and final year, will bid farewell with a sustained roar," 21 June 2018 The founder of Jacques, a streamlined and ultra-minimal line of elevated men’s athleisure that debuted last year, is a former competitive player who began his career at the age of 5. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Line of Logo-less Tennis Gear is For Guys Who Want to Look Good on and Off the Court," 12 July 2018 Ravel, Debussy and the two Crystal river vessels that debuted in 2017 each have a crew of 68 people to serve 106 passengers — a far higher ratio than exists on any other river ship in Europe. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Crystal Cruises river ship, Crystal Ravel, christened on Danube," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of debut

Noun

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1830, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for debut

Noun

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

Verb

see debut entry 1

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debut

noun

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

debut

verb

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

debut

noun
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

debut

verb
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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