Definition of novice
- The novices spend part of each day in prayer and meditation.
He's a novice in cooking.
a book for the novice chess player
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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.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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