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de·​but ˈdā-ˌbyü How to pronounce debut (audio)
variants or less commonly début
: a first appearance
made her singing debut
the writer's debut novel
: a formal entrance into society
in honor of their daughter's debut


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debuted; debuting; debuts

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
And runway debuts like Simon Holloway’s Dunhill indicate that classic menswear is exciting again. Luisa Zargani, WWD, 18 June 2024 Rintaro Sasaki homered in the second at-bat of his U.S. amateur debut last week, the blast grabbing headlines because the 19-year-old might be the next big bat export from Japan to Major League Baseball. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2024
Hotel Arts debuted on the Barcelona seafront during the 1994 Olympic Games as a 44-floor skyscraper designed by American architect Bruce Graham. Jamie Ditaranto, Travel + Leisure, 19 June 2024 The Verge reported that TikTok is debuting new generative AI options for brands and content creators to spin up customizable digital avatars and language dubbing features. Sydney Lake, Fortune, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for debut 

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Word History


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

First Known Use


1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1830, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of debut was in 1751

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Cite this Entry

“Debut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a first public appearance
my debut as a pianist
: a formal entrance into society


2 of 2 verb
: to make a debut
: to present to society for the first time
debut a new product

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