rook·ie | \ ˈru̇-kē \

Definition of rookie 

1 : recruit also : novice

2 : a first-year participant in a major professional sport

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Examples of rookie in a Sentence

There are three rookies in the starting lineup. an experienced policeman whose partner is a rookie

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Yet over the course of a seven-caution race, the rookie gradually passed car after car and claimed the lead and the win in the NASCAR XFinity Series ALSCO 300 on Friday night at Kentucky Speedway. Charlie Hatch,, "Christopher Bell wins NASCAR XFinity Series ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway," 14 July 2018 The Padres’ 25-year-old rookie threw 40 pitches in the third inning, his defense made two errors behind him and Lucchesi was lifted after only four frames in a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Petco Park. Jeff Sanders,, "Lucchesi labors as Padres fall to Dodgers," 11 July 2018 And facing re-election in just 18 months, Breed doesn’t have time for distractions, rookie mistakes or in-house drama. Matier & Ross,, "London Breed stepping in as mayor of an unsettled city," 11 July 2018 There’s little room to make rookie mistakes against Cruz, who can call on a national fund-raising network built during his presidential campaign. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018 Pistons rookies Bruce Brown, Khyri Thomas and Keenan Evans received their first taste over the weekend. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Dwane Casey puts stamp on Detroit Pistons 2018 free-agent class," 10 July 2018 Whitney Houston, George Michael, Puff Daddy and other rookies have achieved the impressive feat. Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Cardi B, Beyonce, Mariah Carey & More: The Elite Acts With at Least Two Hot 100 No. 1s From a Debut Album," 5 July 2018 Initial training takes 20 weeks or longer, and is followed by several months of field training where the rookie works alongside a senior officer. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Bristol Seeks Police Applicants," 27 June 2018 Cochrane told the rookies his new group was called the Gay Officers Action League, or GOAL. NBC News, "Police at Pride? Gay cops, LGBTQ activists struggle to see eye-to-eye," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of rookie

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rookie

perhaps alteration of recruit

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The first known use of rookie was in 1868

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English Language Learners Definition of rookie

: a first-year player in a professional sport

: a person who has just started a job or activity and has little experience


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