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 Kianna Smith will also make her debut in 2020 after sitting out last season. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville women's basketball reloading, not rebuilding, around fresh faces next season," 26 May 2020 Mercedes says that the new S-class will make its debut in the second half of this year. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes S-Class Shows Its Face Officially, Debuts Later This Year," 26 May 2020 Since 1965, there have been 21 baseball players, including former Rangers David Clyde and Pete Incaviglia, who made their professional debut in the major leagues without ever playing in the minors, according to Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "The same path as Hamm, Wambach or going pro straight out of HS: an emerging trend, and choice, two Dallas-area soccer prodigies face," 19 May 2020 Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich was due to make his debut in charge against Wolfsburg but will miss the game after leaving the team hotel in strict quarantine conditions to buy toiletries. Fox News, "Soccer resumes in Germany under strict protocols despite criticisms from fan groups," 16 May 2020 Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich was due to make his debut in charge against Wolfsburg but will miss the game after leaving the team hotel in strict quarantine conditions to buy toiletries. Ciaran Fahey, Anchorage Daily News, "Professional soccer returns to Germany, in empty arenas but with the world watching," 16 May 2020 Kenseth made his marathon debut in Berlin in 3 hours 7 minutes 40 seconds (a pace of 7:10 per mile) in September and five weeks later did New York City in 3:11:33 (a pace of 7:19). Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Back in the fast lane, NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth has kept in shape by running marathons," 15 May 2020 Rambo made his debut in a movie called First Blood which appeared in 1982. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Bushcraft Knives Vs. Survival Knives," 11 May 2020 Since his screen debut in 2006, Holland has been steadily building a reputation for stealing the scene with quiet but impactful performances. Ineye Komonibo,, "We Need To Give André Holland His Flowers," 8 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The cloud company's market debut will mark the first Chinese listing in the United States since shares in Luckin Coffee, which debuted last year on the Nasdaq, were decimated following a fraud scandal. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Chinese cloud company Kingsoft picks an uncertain time for its $510 million IPO," 8 May 2020 The 30-year-old playwright, who lives in Brooklyn and grew up in Oak Cliff, drew immediate attention for the work, which debuted off Broadway last fall at the New York theater Playwright Horizons. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Dallas-raised playwright Will Arbery named Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama," 5 May 2020 Taking a page out of the Kardashians' book, the spouses teamed up with Facebook to create reality series The Biebers on Watch, which debuted Monday. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Biebers Are Giving The Kardashians A Run For Their Money With New Reality Show," 4 May 2020 Insecure, which debuted on HBO back in 2016, has long been received with critical success. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "HBO's 'Insecure' Renewed For Fifth Season," 2 May 2020 All three chipsets, however, include Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (CNVio) with Gig+, which debuted accompanying Ice Lake. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's 'Comet Lake-S' 10th-gen Core CPUs hit 10 cores and 5.3GHz speeds," 30 Apr. 2020 Videos captured there will become the AK4AK virtual music festival, which will debut online starting at 6 p.m. May 1. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "With big audiences impossible, some of Alaska’s most popular musicians record a virtual concert," 29 Apr. 2020 The film, which debuted on YouTube on April 21, has already garnered over 2.9 million views as of Monday. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Michael Moore teases 'shocking' new documentary, says coronavirus is a 'warning from Mother Nature'," 28 Apr. 2020 More than six million tuned in last Sunday for the first episode of the documentary, which debuted earlier than previously scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mark Heim |, al, "‘The Last Dance’ episodes 3, 4: How to watch Chicago Bulls documentary, live stream," 26 Apr. 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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“Debut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 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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