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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But as of now, Ms. Cabán, a public defender and political novice, holds a narrow lead over Melinda Katz, the Queens borough president. New York Times, "5 Key Things to Know About Tiffany Cabán," 26 June 2019 The historically large field of candidates includes a slew of U.S. senators, a handful of mayors, a former vice president, longtime legislators and some political novices. Dartunorro Clark, NBC News, "NBC announces lineup of Democrats for each of the two nights for first 2020 debate," 14 June 2019 The new government will be led by Giuseppe Conte, a law professor and political novice who was first proposed as prime minister by the parties last week. Livia Borghese And Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Italy's populist parties agree to form government," 31 May 2018 The escape room has a mid-range level of difficulty that allows novices to succeed while also engaging veteran players. Mary Schneidau Sullivan, baltimoresun.com, "Escape room at Laurel Shopping Center revels in classic horror films," 7 June 2019 Her travels around the world have managed to encourage even the greatest culinary novice to roll up their sleeves and step into a kitchen. Condé Nast Traveler, "In Conversation With the Absolutely Delightful Samin Nosrat: Women Who Travel Podcast," 18 Dec. 2018 The pick places a political novice at the forefront as Italy prepares to toughen its stance on migration and push back against the European Union. Stefano Pitrelli And Chico Harlan, chicagotribune.com, "A political novice is on the verge of becoming Italy's prime minister," 21 May 2018 Both provisions would deter either side from trying to flood the benches with novices to tilt the odds in their favor. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Better Way to Fix the Supreme Court," 4 June 2019 The men’s and women’s programs will race in the varsity four, the novice/freshman eight, and the first, second and third varsity eight finals. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Dennis Rodman Jr. signs with Washington State basketball," 17 May 2019

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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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