debutant

debutant

[deb-yoo-tahnt, -yuh-]
noun
a person who makes a debut into a professional career or before the public.
Also, débutant.


Origin:
1815–25; < French débutant, present participle of débuter. See debut, -ant

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debutant (ˈdɛbjʊˌtɑːnt, -ˌtænt)
 
n
a person who is making a first appearance in a particular capacity, such as a sportsperson playing in a first game for a team

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debutant
1824, "male performer or speaker making his first public appearance," from Fr., pp. of débuter "to make the first strike" (in billiards, etc.), from debut (see debut).
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