rook·​ie | \ ˈru̇-kē How to pronounce rookie (audio) \

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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Camp, the topic of this year’s exhibition and gala, gave A-listers, rookies and regulars, a chance to really play with fashion. Vogue, "See 57 Celebrities Who Attended the Met Gala for the First Time," 7 May 2019 Last season Sacramento had as many as 10 players on the roster with no more than three years of NBA experience, including four rookies who took the floor. Noel Harris, sacbee, "Why a national magazine says the young Kings could be the NBA’s ‘next’ big thing," 11 July 2018 But while the gig was a personal game-changer, Metz was the rookie on set. Glamour, "Chrissy Metz: From 81 Cents in the Bank to Equal Pay on This Is Us," 29 Mar. 2019 Yumea went with her husband to Memphis last year to see the Japanese rookie Yuta Watanabe in a preseason exhibition. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The NBA Honeymooners From Japan: 13 Games in 13 Nights," 16 Jan. 2019 To his relief, the Kings’ 20-year-old rookie realized the tabloid news website’s video featured teammate Willie Cauley-Stein telling reporters on Monday that Giles will be NBA Rookie of the Year. Angel Guerrero, sacbee, "Why Harry Giles is buying into Rookie of the Year talk before his Kings debut," 30 June 2018 Peralta is the first rookie in the live ball era to have two starts with 10 or more strikeouts and one or fewer hits, and the first Brewers pitcher to have two such games in his entire career. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Somebody forgot to tell Freddy Peralta that pitching in the big leagues is not this easy," 26 June 2018 Prada, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton sought out Sofia Steinberg, the 16-year-old Russian, while Stella McCartney, Valentino, and Loewe called upon 16-year-old British rookie Emily Driver. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "In Europe, the Model Age Debate Rages On," 12 Apr. 2019 While the 42-year-old's decades of singing experience could have something to do with his Voice wins over the years, the other superstar coaches aren't exactly industry rookies. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Coach Blake Shelton Has a Quirky Habit That Everyone's Talking About," 5 Mar. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of rookie

chiefly US
: 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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