Definition of tyro
: a beginner in learning : novice
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Examples of tyro in a sentence
Most of the people in the class were tyros like me.
he's a good musician, but at 14, he's still a tyro and has a lot to learn
Did You Know?
The word tyro is hardly a newcomer to Western language. It comes from the Latin tiro, which means "young soldier," "new recruit," or more generally, "novice." The word was sometimes spelled "tyro" as early as Medieval Latin, and can be spelled "tyro" or "tiro" in English (though "tyro" is the more common American variant). Use of "tyro" in English has never been restricted to the original "young soldier" meaning of the Latin term. Writers in the 17th and 18th centuries wrote of tyros in various fields and occupations. Herman Melville used "tyro" to refer to men new to whaling and life at sea. More recently, The New York Times Book Review and Rolling Stone used the noun attributively (that is, directly before another noun), referring to a "tyro sleuth" and a "tyro director," respectively.
Origin and Etymology of tyro
Medieval Latin, from Latin tiro young soldier, tyro
First Known Use: 1587
Synonym Discussion of tyro
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Definition of tyro for English Language Learners
: a person who has just started learning or doing something : a beginner or novice
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