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.

1350–1400; Middle English; see begin, -er1 Unabridged
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beginner (bɪˈɡɪnə)
a person who has just started to do or learn something; novice

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "founder," from begin. Meaning "novice" is from late 15c. Beginner's luck is from 1897.
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Example sentences
Not only is this gorgeous, but makes me-a beginner- really excited to keep
  learning about photography.
And one of them offered me something even better: an easy beginner's project
  that's nearly guaranteed to succeed-sprouting seeds.
Topics ranging from geology to space weather are covered at beginner,
  intermediate and advanced levels.
The merit belongs to the beginner should his successor do even better.
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