novice

noun
nov·​ice | \ ˈnä-vəs How to pronounce novice (audio) \

Definition of novice

1 : a person admitted to probationary membership in a religious community The novices spend part of each day in prayer and meditation.
2 : beginner, tyro

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Among the ancient Romans, a novice (novicius) was usually a newly imported slave, who had to be trained in his or her duties. Among Catholics and Buddhists, if you desire to become a priest, monk, or nun, you must serve as a novice for a period of time, often a year (called your novitiate), before being ordained or fully professing your vows. No matter what kind of novice you are—at computers, at writing, at politics, etc.—you've got a lot to learn.

Examples of novice in a Sentence

Novices serve time as scullery serfs as they work toward the privilege of trailing a pastry chef … — Guy Trebay, New York Times, 4 Sept. 2002 For the novice, walking the course also means being scared senseless by all the possibilities to screw up. — Tim Keown, ESPN, 17 Sept. 2001 Yet it's obvious to him and everyone else who the novice is here, the book-learned tournament virgin. — James McManus, Harper's, December 2000 Much defter than one would have thought possible from the length of her fingernails, Toula had no fear of high fast notes; her flair, mounted between Andrea's perfectionist reserve and Alice's novice awkwardness, seemed all too displayed. — John Updike, The Afterlife, 1994 He's a novice in cooking. a book for the novice chess player
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Sports lovers and novices alike had hilarious takes on the snapshot. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Twitter Reacts to Dwyane Wade Crashing Into Chrissy Teigen and John Legend," 11 Apr. 2019 In order to become a dating hobbyist, Golden recommends booking ten dates a week, though an novice might want to start slower. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Make Dating Less Miserable: Treat It Like a Hobby," 12 Jan. 2018 New to the Charge 3, these goals can help novice and advanced fitness enthusiasts train more efficiently. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers," 12 Oct. 2018 When Pat Brown began his governorship, Jerry was twenty and a Jesuit novice, honoring vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Inside California’s War on Trump," 19 Mar. 2018 Another reason why serums are a mainstay for skin-care novices and lovers alike? Allure, "The Best Facial Serum for Your Skin Type, According to Dermatologists," 22 Mar. 2019 The clutch action was nice and light, yet positive, and the engine's stop-start system also provides an anti-stall function that should save the novice any embarrassing moments. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Audi A4 versus the Audi S5 reviewed—sometimes less is more," 29 Nov. 2018 The Armory Show pushes the boundaries of what the public perceives as art, and exposes bleeding edge forms to artistic novices. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Armory Show’s Collectors Dinner Gathered the Art World's Most Influential," 6 Mar. 2019 One of Ekkapol’s duties after he was ordained was taking care of younger novices, said Patcharadanai Kittisophano, a monk at the Phrathat Doi Wao temple, where the young coach now works as a custodian. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of novice

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for novice

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, "probationer in a religious community" (continental Old French also, "inexperienced person"), borrowed from Late Latin novīcius, going back to Latin, "newly imported slave, person recently entered into a condition," as adjective, "newly imported, recently discovered, fashionable," from novus "new" + -īcius -itious — more at new entry 1

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novice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of novice

: a person who has just started learning or doing something
: a new member of a religious group who is preparing to become a nun or a monk

novice

noun
nov·​ice | \ ˈnä-vəs How to pronounce novice (audio) \

Kids Definition of novice

1 : a person who has no previous experience with something : beginner a novice at skiing
2 : a new member of a religious community who is preparing to take the vows of religion

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