debut

noun
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

debut

verb
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 X Factor debuted in the UK before coming to the US in 2011; Indian Idol, India’s version of Britain’s Pop Idol and American Idol, premiered shortly after the debut of the UK and US versions. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Why would Netflix make a singing competition show?," 3 Sep. 2019 Jalen’s debut was the headliner here in Norman, Oklahoma, but perhaps more interesting to the home crowd of 84,534 was the performance of the defense for the better part of three quarters. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Jalen Hurts takes center stage for Oklahoma, college football," 2 Sep. 2019 In Denver, Mel Tucker’s debut was impressive, at least on one side of the ball: Colorado rushed for 243 yards and passed for 232. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 football rewind: Oregon buckles in the fourth, USC tries to lose but fails, Washington rolls and injuries mount," 1 Sep. 2019 In Denver, Mel Tucker’s debut was impressive, at least on one side of the ball: Colorado rushed for 243 yards and passed for 232. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Saturday Night Five: Oregon buckles in the fourth, USC tries to lose but fails, Washington rolls and injuries mount," 1 Sep. 2019 Two plays later, Bralon Brown, making his season debut, caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Alex Law to up the lead to 14-0. Tim Dwyer, sun-sentinel.com, "Law, visiting Chaminade-Madonna coast by Hallandale," 31 Aug. 2019 In David Yoon’s young adult debut, the Korean-American teen teams up with family friend Joy Song, who is dealing with a similar dilemma, to pretend to date each other in order to appease their parents. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 His debut EP, Drive Slow, was still just a couple of unfinished files on his computer. Tasbeeh Herwees, Teen Vogue, "Mac Ayres Debuts "Juicebox" Album and Talks Music Inspiration," 26 Aug. 2019 Given its reported $20 million production budget, a $21 million debut is certainly spectacular news for Universal—but also heartening for Hollywood as a whole. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘Good Boys’: Why the Universal Comedy’s First-Place Finish Has Hollywood Cheering," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hallmark Channel will debut 24 of these new films, with HMM set to premiere the other 16. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Here's when all 40 new Hallmark Christmas movies will air," 4 Sep. 2019 Songs of the Season will debut during NFL games each month and simultaneously release on streaming platforms, according to a news release. Jonathan Landrum Jr., BostonGlobe.com, "Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor to perform in free NFL pregame concert," 30 Aug. 2019 Six Flags New England will debut a new thrill ride in 2020 in its DC Universe section: Supergirl Sky Flyer, a seven-story-tall, spinning, tilting wheel in which guests ride in open-air vehicles. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Six Flags New England to add Supergirl Sky Flyer attraction to DC Universe," 29 Aug. 2019 Stay tuned; the show will debut with Disney+ on November 12. Wired, "Rise of Skywalker," 26 Aug. 2019 The new show, based on Disney animation, will debut April 17, with previews beginning March 20. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney unveils more changes at Epcot, including Mary Poppins attraction," 25 Aug. 2019 According to a news release, Sendik's will debut its new grocery and home store concept in mid-October. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sendik’s Food Market at The Corners of Brookfield will debut its $5 million renovations in October," 20 Aug. 2019 Patsy and Loretta will debut on October 19, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime. Megan Stein, Country Living, "A Movie About Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn's Iconic Friendship Is Coming to Lifetime," 18 Aug. 2019 Shady Distillery, which will pump out vodka, bourbon, whiskey and rums, will debut next spring inside a 20,000-square-foot building behind the food hall. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "A sneak peek at Fort Lauderdale’s first food hall," 15 Aug. 2019

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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 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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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 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

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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