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 In her debut episode of Elisha Explains, conservative commentator Elisha Krauss is joined by billionaire entrepreneur and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Mark Cuban and Elisha Krauss on how to reopen America the right way," 12 May 2020 This show really should’ve been renewed beyond its home run of a debut season, which offers enough excitement on and off the field to entertain you while arenas remain empty. Los Angeles Times, "The five TV shows we can’t get enough of this week," 11 May 2020 The results were not always sustainable, leading to recent high-profile flops like Outdoor Voices and Casper’s public market debut. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "In a Tough Month, This Instagram-Friendly Cereal Startup Eats Cake," 4 May 2020 The Paetow girls quadrupled their win total from their varsity debut season, including a win on penalty kicks against Barbers Hill in the I-10 Shootout and a 5-2 district victory against Waller. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "District 19-5A MVP Montelongo leads strong Paetow all-districts soccer cast," 27 Apr. 2020 While Thomas was setting still-standing SEC records of 27 sacks and 44 tackles for loss in 1988, McCants had an outstanding debut season in his own right. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Keith McCants’ road from No. 1 NFL draft prospect to cautionary tale," 22 Apr. 2020 The debut album from Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien is best appreciated for its transporting instrumentals, not its earthbound lyrics. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Earth’ by EOB Review: Music of the Sphere," 16 Apr. 2020 Having Brad Pitt on the debut season of your new TV show is a pretty big get. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Jonathan and Drew Scott's HGTV show 'Celebrity IOU' kicks off with 'true gentleman' Brad Pitt," 14 Apr. 2020 Southside, which is available to stream now, features 12 tracks, and its themes largely focus on Sam's relationship with his wife, Hannah Lee Fowler, who was also the subject of many songs on Sam's debut album, Montevallo. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "5 Songs You Need to Hear From Sam Hunt's New Album 'Southside'," 12 Apr. 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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The first known use of debut was in 1751

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“Debut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 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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