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beginner

[bih-gin-er] /bɪˈgɪn ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that begins.
2.
a person who has begun a course of instruction or is learning the fundamentals:
swimming for beginners.
3.
a person who is inexperienced; novice.
Origin of beginner
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see begin, -er1
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  • Although only a beginner, he was already recognized as an artist of great talent.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • A beginner should have his saddle set well back on the spring.

  • Because it is more musical and harmonious in sound, and makes the structure of Latin verse clear even to the beginner.

    Latin Pronunciation Harry Thurston Peck
  • For the beginner it is not safe to make a hull less than 1/2 inch in thickness.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • I was a mere bungler, a beginner beside her; she even sang a charming little chanson.

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • This is one of our most abundant mushrooms, and the easiest for the beginner to identify.

  • Pretty well, I think, for a beginner, remarked Mr. Bolter complacently.

British Dictionary definitions for beginner

beginner

/bɪˈɡɪnə/
noun
1.
a person who has just started to do or learn something; novice
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Word Origin and History for beginner
n.

early 14c., "founder," agent noun from begin. Meaning "novice" is from late 15c. Beginner's luck is from 1897.

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