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debutant

[deb-yoo-tahnt, -yuh-] /ˈdɛb yʊˌtɑnt, -yə-/
noun
1.
a person who makes a debut into a professional career or before the public.
Also, débutant.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < French débutant, present participle of débuter. See debut, -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for debutants

debutant

/ˈdɛbjʊˌtɑːnt; -ˌtænt/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for debutants

debutant

n.

1824, "male performer or speaker making his first public appearance," from French, noun use of present participle of débuter "to make the first strike" (in billiards, etc.), from debut (see debut).

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