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[bih-gin-er] /bɪˈgɪn ər/
a person or thing that begins.
a person who has begun a course of instruction or is learning the fundamentals:
swimming for beginners.
a person who is inexperienced; novice.
Origin of beginner
1350-1400; Middle English; see begin, -er1 Unabridged
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  • She was confident on the beginner slope but he convinced her to try the intermediate slope before she was ready and they fought.
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British Dictionary definitions for beginner


a person who has just started to do or learn something; novice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beginner

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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