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[nov-is] /ˈnɒv ɪs/
a person who is new to the circumstances, work, etc., in which he or she is placed; beginner; tyro:
a novice in politics.
a person who has been received into a religious order or congregation for a period of probation before taking vows.
a person newly become a church member.
a recent convert to Christianity.
Origin of novice
1300-50; Middle English novyce < Middle French novice < Medieval Latin novītius convent novice, variant of Latin novīcius newly come into a particular status, derivative of novus new. See -itious
Related forms
novicehood, noun
novicelike, adjective
1. newcomer. 1, 2. neophyte. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for novice
  • But novice learners often need to see good learning and critical thinking behavior modeled.
  • Dirt bike parks generally cater to novice and amateur riders with some trails available for expert riders.
  • Most dirt bike tracks serve amateur riders, although some trails are appropriate for novice and expert riders.
  • In physics starting with the equations promotes novice style problem solving.
  • Before the novice has time to retaliate, the auction closes.
  • In almost every issue of the magazine there appeared also an article addressed to the literary novice.
  • However these things are not immediately available to a complete novice.
  • This study will appeal equally to the novice and the seasoned birder.
  • These students aren't all that different from many novice entrepreneurs.
  • You come across to me as a politikal novice, but I like you all the same.
British Dictionary definitions for novice


  1. a person who is new to or inexperienced in a certain task, situation, etc; beginner; tyro
  2. (as modifier): novice driver
a probationer in a religious order
a sportsman, esp an oarsman, who has not won a recognized prize, performed to an established level, etc
a racehorse, esp a steeplechaser or hurdler, that has not won a specified number of races
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin novīcius, from novus new
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Word Origin and History for novice

mid-14c., "probationer in a religious order," from Old French novice "beginner" (12c.), from Medieval Latin novicius, noun use of Latin novicius "newly imported, newly arrived, inexperienced" (of slaves), from novus "new" (see new). Meaning "inexperienced person" is attested from early 15c.

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