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


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

Lowe, who homered twice in Sunday’s 6-1 win in Boston, hit a two-run shot off Tanner Anderson (0-1), who was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to make his debut with Oakland, which acquired him from Pittsburgh last November. Fred Goodall,, "Charlie Morton pitches Rays to 6-2 victory over Oakland and into first place in AL East," 11 June 2019 Warriors general manager Bob Myers and forward Andre Iguodala went to the locker room with Durant, who was making his debut in these Finals after missing the past month with strained right calf. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Kevin Durant exits Game 5 of NBA Finals with apparent leg injury," 10 June 2019 Talento restaurant is set to debut later in June at 1307 E. Las Olas Blvd. Michael Mayo,, "Another Italian restaurant, Talento, to open on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale. That makes a dozen.," 10 June 2019 Flores has earned 61 caps for El Salvador since making his debut in 2010. Jamie Goldberg,, "Timbers midfielders Andres Flores, Andy Polo named to national team rosters for Gold Cup, Copa America," 7 June 2019 All this, plus Dazzler makes her debut, in a period-appropriate discotheque. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "5 Comics to Read After You've Seen Dark Phoenix," 7 June 2019 The polished looks at his triumphs, trials and tribulations made its debut in April. Phil Rosenthal,, "9 nuggets from Derrick Rose's coming book, 'I'll Show You' — including his takes on race, the media and the Illini's recruiting fail," 6 June 2019 Apple and WarnerMedia both have new services that are expected to debut later this year. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "WarnerMedia and Apple are reportedly in a bidding war for J.J. Abrams. Here's why," 6 June 2019 For more than 40 years, since the original Star Wars film made its debut in 1977, fans have only been able to dream of stepping foot on one of the planets in the Star Wars universe. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Will Please Even The Most Hardcore Fans," 29 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The show debuted at Yale Divinity School in November 2018., "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 5 June 2019 Her first solo album, Stars Dance, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez's Net Worth Will Blow Your Mind," 23 May 2019 At just 19 years old, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen debuted at their very first Met Gala in 2005. Vogue, "The Craziest Celebrity Moments in Met Gala History," 29 Apr. 2019 The items, which will be for sale on the Modanisa app and website, first debuted at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Halima Aden on Designing Her Modanisa Collection of Turbans and Scarves," 26 Apr. 2019 The album debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s 200 albums charts and earned him a Grammy nomination. Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Seattle Times, "Memorial spotlights the man behind Nipsey Hussle rap persona," 12 Apr. 2019 The movie debuted at the South by Southwest Festival this week to rave reviews. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Olivia Wilde’s New Movie Looks Like the Female Superbad—and People Are Thrilled," 11 Mar. 2019 The bottling debuted at Brébant, the restaurant of the Eiffel Tower, in 1889, over a century before the non-dosage trend would sweep the champagne world off its feet. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "You Have the Founding Mothers of Champagne to Thank for the Bubbly You Drink Today," 8 Mar. 2019 The first Pantone Pantry debuted at Art Basel in Miami Beach with more of the pop-ups traveling to other hotels in 2019. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Pantone Pop-Up Lets You "Experience" The Color Of The Year," 14 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 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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