de·​but | \ ˈdā-ˌbyü , dā-ˈ\
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


my debut as a pianist He made his singing debut at a very young age. She is making her television debut.


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

When Madonna’s debut album came out in the summer of 1983, her distinctive look, which Maripol, her then-stylist, deserves some credit for, became all the rage. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Madonna’s New Instagram Reveals Her Secret Fashion Talent," 30 Jan. 2019 Samsung has begun sending out invitations to the launch of its first flagship phone of 2019, and anyone hoping for a return to Mobile World Congress will be disappointed: The Galaxy S10 will make its debut in San Francisco, not Barcelona. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20, and we only have one question: Will it fold?," 10 Jan. 2019 For those who already want to get a head start on next year's gifting, be on the look for Target's One-Day Sale, which made its debut in July 2018. Alex Watt, Redbook, "The Best Days for Holiday Shopping Deals Beyond Black Friday," 3 Dec. 2018 So my debut album and my new album are a lot more downtempo. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, R3hab?," 5 Oct. 2018 The location served as the title for his debut album – Blue Slide Park – which hit the top of the Billboard charts as an independent release in 2011. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Mac Miller was dead hours before body was found: report," 13 Sep. 2018 Wisdom made his major league debut with 32 games last season. Stephen Hawkins, The Seattle Times, "AP source: Rangers, Cabrera agree to $3.5M, 1-year deal," 22 Jan. 2019 The elevated headband made its Middleton debut at Prince Louis' christening on July 9, 2018. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Has a New Signature Look: The Hatband," 13 Jan. 2019 Ahead of Sunday's show, the two made their official red carpet debut on Saturday at Showtime's Golden Globe nominees celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Jim Carrey Gushes Over Girlfriend Ginger Gonzaga at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tesla wants to debut its pickup in 2019, but is notoriously loose with deadlines. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Here Come the Electric Pickup Trucks," 17 Jan. 2019 Announced at CES Tuesday morning, this gaming laptop is the first to debut a new overall design for Dell’s Alienware gaming line. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The Alienware Area-51m is a desktop-class laptop both extreme and refined," 8 Jan. 2019 In Las Vegas, Lady Gaga has just started her Enigma show, already sporting Tom Ford and Versace, while Bjork will take over The Shed in New York this April to debut new music and presumably some new looks from Gucci, Iris Van Herpen, and AsFour. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "11 Reasons to Be Excited About The Year in Fashion," 4 Jan. 2019 Icy blonde is clearly the shade to go for this winter as, only a few days after Hilary Duff made the exact same move, and with Kylie wearing her hair platinum for a while now, Khloé took to Instagram stories to debut her blondest ever look. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloé Kardashian Just Debuted an Extreme, Icy Blonde Hair Makeover for Winter," 4 Dec. 2018 Not only were the Victoria Secret Angels celebrating the airing of this year's show—but Versace was also set to put on their first-ever runway show in New York City to debut their Pre-Fall 2019 collection. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blake Lively and Gigi Hadid Hung Out After the Versace Show," 3 Dec. 2018 From England, the Henry Boxer Gallery will debut drawings by Angelika, a German woman who spent World War II in a psychiatric facility in Potsdam. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "New York Art Events Showcase Americana," 16 Jan. 2019 Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh will debut their first collection as creative directors of Nina Ricci, while Ricci’s onetime guy Guillaume Henry will revive the house of Jean Patou. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "11 Reasons to Be Excited About The Year in Fashion," 4 Jan. 2019 The teaser also confirms what has been rumored for some time: the third season will debut sometime in 2019. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New Stranger Things 3 teaser confirms 2019 release, reveals episode titles," 10 Dec. 2018

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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

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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 , 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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