novice [ nov-is ] (previously 05-08-13)
1. a person who is new to the circumstances, work, etc., in which he or she is placed; beginner; tyro: a novice in politics.
2. a person who has been received into a religious order or congregation for a period of probation before taking vows.
3. a person newly become a church member.
4. a recent convert to Christianity.
nov·ice·hood , noun
nov·ice·like , adjective
beginner, learner, neophyte, newcomer, pupil, trainee, gremlin, convert, tenderfoot, proselyte, punk, colt, novitiate, recruit, mark, cub, student, rookie, amateur, fledgling
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1, 2. neophyte.
Origin: 1300–50; Middle English novyce < Middle French novice < Medieval Latin novītius convent novice, variant of Latin novīcius newly come into a particular status, derivative of novus new. See -itious
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