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: the period or state of being a novice
: a house where novices are trained
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abecedarian, apprentice, babe, beginner, colt, cub, fledgling, freshman, greenhorn, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, novice, punk, recruit, rook, rookie, tenderfoot, tyro, virgin
old hand, old-timer, vet, veteran
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circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1
borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French noviciat "period of being a novice," borrowed from Medieval Latin novīciātus, from Late Latin novīcius novice + Latin -ātus -ate entry 2
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: the time when a person is a religious novice
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