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

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 The Grand Wagoneer Concept’s debut positions the storied Wagoneer name as a premium extension of the Jeep brand. Fca News, Houston Chronicle, "Wagoneer returns as premium extension of Jeep brand," 11 Sep. 2020 In June, Bloomberg News reported that, according to people familiar with the matter, Milton had exaggerated the capabilities of Nikola’s debut big rig during an unveiling event in December 2016. Stefan Nicola,, "Nikola Slumps After No-Details Denial of Short-Seller Report," 11 Sep. 2020 And running back David Johnson -- acquired in the trade that sent All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona -- delivered a solid Texans debut with 77 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Chiefs open Super Bowl title defense by rolling past Texans," 11 Sep. 2020 In the five weeks following Folklore's gigantic debut, not a single new set has been released that has moved 100,000 such units in a week -- a mark that Folklore itself cleared in each of its first four frames. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "Taylor Swift's Surprise Set 'Folklore' Had 2020's Biggest Debut -- Here's How It's Still on Top Five Weeks Later," 11 Sep. 2020 This is the human drama and theological problem central to the Gilead novels as well as to Housekeeping (1980), Robinson’s fiction debut. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "Marilynne Robinson’s Lonely Souls," 11 Sep. 2020 Matt Rhule is making his NFL coaching debut as the Panthers take on the Raiders. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "NFL Week 1 preview: Chiefs and Texans kick things off to start the season," 10 Sep. 2020 Indians, Goodwin rushed for 196 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns, spoiling the Pinson coaching debut of Sam Shade – the former Wenonah and University of Alabama standout – with the 44-19 victory at Pinson Friday night. Bill Lumpkin Iii, al, "Armoni Goodwin sparks Hewitt-Trussville 44-19 rout of Pinson Valley," 22 Aug. 2020 That game will mark the official head coaching debut for Chris Young, who takes over at Greenwood after Rick Jones left to become a senior consultant on Eli Drinkwitz's football staff at Missouri. Rick Fires, Arkansas Online, "Fayetteville sharp in scrimmage against Greenwood," 21 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kelly says her new podcast will debut during the week of Sept. 28. TheWeek, "Megyn Kelly launches her own company, Devil May Care Media," 10 Sep. 2020 Given the uncertainty of when California theme parks can reopen, the San Diego park’s roller coaster, which was to debut this summer, will not open until sometime next year. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SeaWorld moves to lay off furloughed employees but no specific number for San Diego park," 9 Sep. 2020 Littrell will begin the season calling plays for the first time in five seasons with the Mean Green, who will debut a new defensive scheme under coordinator Clint Bowen. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "UNT gameday: UNT aims to get back on track without Fine," 4 Sep. 2020 Netflix hasn't announced when Ma Rainey's Black Bottom will debut. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Chadwick Boseman's Last Film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Is Headed for Netflix," 31 Aug. 2020 The show also will have a new name, yet to be announced, and will tentatively debut Oct. 8. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "HGTV stars are selling their own Edina home, post makeover, for $1.25M," 21 Aug. 2020 The company did not respond immediately to Orlando Sentinel questions on Friday if passholders would get sneak previews or which month between mid-March and mid-June of the spring season the two rides will debut next year. Gabrielle Russon,, "SeaWorld’s new Orlando and Tampa roller coasters are opening in the spring," 10 Aug. 2020 However, freshman comedy series 'Indebted' did not debut to strong numbers and its chances for renewal are less likely. Therese Odell, Houston Chronicle, "NBC cancels two shows after just one season each," 10 June 2020 The unscripted series, hosted by The Masked Singer panelist Ken Jeong will debut on September 23 on Fox following the season four premiere of The Masked Singer. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Fox Unveils Sneak Peeks for 'The Masked Singer' Season 4 & New Game Show 'I Can See Your Voice'," 26 Aug. 2020

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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 entry 2

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The first known use of debut was in 1751

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14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Debut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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