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novice

[nov-is] /ˈnɒv ɪs/
noun
1.
a person who is new to the circumstances, work, etc., in which he or she is placed; beginner; tyro:
a novice in politics.
2.
a person who has been received into a religious order or congregation for a period of probation before taking vows.
3.
a person newly become a church member.
4.
a recent convert to Christianity.
Origin
1300-1350
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
Synonyms
1. newcomer. 1, 2. neophyte.
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novice

/ˈnɒvɪs/
noun
1.
  1. a person who is new to or inexperienced in a certain task, situation, etc; beginner; tyro
  2. (as modifier): novice driver
2.
a probationer in a religious order
3.
a sportsman, esp an oarsman, who has not won a recognized prize, performed to an established level, etc
4.
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 hood

novice

n.

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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