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 After Whiteside picked up three fouls in the first seven minutes of Tuesday’s game, Brown got his chance, making his NBA debut with 5:43 left in the second quarter. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Turnovers cost Portland Trail Blazers in 107-99 loss to Sacramento Kings: Game rewind," 13 Nov. 2019 SmileDirect is off some 50% from its debut in September. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "After Its Disastrous IPO, SmileDirectClub Beats Revenue Estimates—But Investors Still Aren’t Grinning," 12 Nov. 2019 Because of that, forward Blake Griffin, who made his season debut Monday night, was ruled out of Tuesday's game, with the Pistons listing the reason for his absence as left hamstring/posterior knee soreness -- injury recovery. Ira Winderman,, "James Johnson, Tyler Herro sidelined for Heat; Blake Griffin out for Pistons," 12 Nov. 2019 Like many other basic staples such as Tevas or puffer jackets, the fleece jacket has been given a whole new spin after making its runway debut and receiving a high-fashion stamp of approval. Vogue, "For Retro Winter Style, Zip Up in One of These ’90s-Inspired Jackets," 12 Nov. 2019 Just the FAQs, USA TODAY Disney+ finally made its big debut Tuesday, and viewers are already knee deep in the House of Mouse's massive streaming library. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Disney+ launch: 12 things all '90s kids should stream ASAP," 12 Nov. 2019 On the day of Jesus Is King’s release, 10 of the top 12 streamed tracks on Spotify were from the album; it is expected to debut at number one on the Billboard charts next week. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "How Kanye West's Controversial "Jesus Is King" Is Dividing the Christian Community," 1 Nov. 2019 Podcasts are the latest entertainment medium Marvel has eyed after producing several smash movie franchises and, soon, brand-new TV series to debut on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, Disney+. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Marvel to launch podcasts featuring Black Widow, Star-Lord, Wolverine and more," 22 Oct. 2019 The movie was set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1999 when a last-minute decision was made to scrap basically half the film. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Blair Witch’ turns 20: How a surprise hit horror movie made a Maryland town infamous," 14 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The next wave swelled atop a flood of mobile devices that came after Apple debuted the iPhone in 2007. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "How Fintech’s Third Wave Will Change How You Bank," 13 Nov. 2019 Nike has debuted its Colin Kaepernick ‘ICON’ jersey; days after the former 49’ers quarterback settled his collusion case against the NFL for an undisclosed amount. Tyler Dragon,, "Are the Cincinnati Bengals interested in Colin Kaepernick?," 13 Nov. 2019 And in June 2017, half a year after Chang debuted her cover story, The Post found that Trump had his own fake copies of Time magazine - on display in at least five of his golf clubs. Author: Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, "She inflated her resume and peddled a fake Time cover. Trump appointed her to the State Department.," 13 Nov. 2019 So much so that the singer has debuted a burgeoning collection influenced by her colossal curls. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The legendary Chaka Khan reflects on her journey from singer with big hair to hair-preneur," 13 Nov. 2019 Dua Lipa just debuted a rose gold 'do, and Bella Thorne now has hair with a green ombre effect. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Jordyn Woods Wore a Bright Red Wig," 12 Nov. 2019 As the streaming wars intensify — Disney’s steaming service debuted Tuesday and AppleTV+ launched Nov. 1 — companies are fighting to lock up consumers’ entertainment dollars. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "The Disney+ launch ratchets up talk of streaming competition. But the same creators work for all of then.," 12 Nov. 2019 The talented Jules Dowling, after honing her skills through AHS theatre classwork, will be debuting her work on stage as Nancy and Kate., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 11 Nov. 2019 The Sound Unseen Film + Music Festival turns 20 next week and, as part of the celebration, the fest will debut a Paul Westerberg documentary that was shot 20 years ago and has never been shown publicly. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Sound Unseen festival celebrates 20th anniversary with never-seen Paul Westerberg documentary," 8 Nov. 2019

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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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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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