novice

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noun nov·ice \ˈnä-vəs\

Definition of novice

  1. 1 :  a person admitted to probationary membership in a religious community

  2. 2 :  beginner, tyro

Examples of novice in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. For the novice, walking the course also means being scared senseless by all the possibilities to screw up. —Tim Keown, ESPN, 17 Sept. 2001

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. He's a novice in cooking.

  6. a book for the novice chess player

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of novice

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin novicius, from Latin, newly imported, from novus — more at new


First Known Use: 14th century


NOVICE Defined for English Language Learners

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noun nov·ice \ˈnä-vəs\

Definition of novice for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

novice

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noun nov·ice \ˈnä-vəs\

Definition of novice for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who has no previous experience with something :  beginner <a novice at skiing>

  2. 2 :  a new member of a religious community who is preparing to take the vows of religion



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