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[dey-byoo, di-, dey-byoo, deb-yoo] /deɪˈbyu, dɪ-, ˈdeɪ byu, ˈdɛb yu/
a first public appearance on a stage, on television, etc.
the first appearance of something, as a new product.
(of a young woman) a formal introduction and entrance into society, as at an annual ball.
the beginning of a profession, career, etc.
verb (used without object)
to make a debut, as in society or in a performing art:
She decided to debut with several other violinists.
to appear for the first time, as on the market:
A new product will debut next month.
verb (used with object)
to perform (something) for the first time before an audience:
He didn't know when the orchestra would debut his new symphony.
to place on the market for the first time; introduce.
of, relating to, or constituting a first appearance:
a debut performance; a debut record album.
Origin of debut
1745-55; < French début, derivative of débuter to make the first stroke in a game, make one's first appearance, equivalent to dé- de- + -buter, verbal derivative of but goal; see butt2 Unabridged
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  • He expects the beta version to debut in March.
  • Playing at home raises the debut batting average by 33% and reduces the bowling average by 18%? .
  • Since the debut, Michael has received several grants and shown her work in a number of exhibitions around the country.
  • His directorial debut is his trickiest film to date.
  • He made his debut as a pianist at the age of four.
  • These pages mark their debut in a national publication.
  • In 1908 he made his debut as a conductor in Berlin.
  • More than 100 years after its publication, 70 years after its debut on the big screen and 13 book sequels later, Oz endures.
  • The new ad campaign, featuring a broad range of celebrities, also will make its debut in late July.
  • Chaltas's novel of poems marks an intensely powerful debut.
British Dictionary definitions for debut


/ˈdeɪbjuː; ˈdɛbjuː/
  1. the first public appearance of an actor, musician, etc, or the first public presentation of a show
  2. (as modifier): debut album
the presentation of a debutante
verb (intransitive)
to make a debut
Word Origin
C18: from French début, from Old French desbuter to play first (hence: make one's first appearance), from des-de- + but goal, target; see butt²
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Word Origin and History for debut

1751, from French début "first appearance," a figurative use from débuter "make the first stroke at billiards," also "to lead off at bowls" (a game akin to bowling), 16c., from but "mark, goal," from Old French but "end" (see butt (n.3)). The verb is first attested 1830.

Début can only be pronounced as French, and should not be used by anyone who shrinks from the necessary effort. [Fowler]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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