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novice

[nov-is]
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:
1300–50; 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

novicehood, noun
novicelike, adjective


1. newcomer. 1, 2. neophyte.
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novice (ˈnɒvɪs)
 
n
1.  a.  a person who is new to or inexperienced in a certain task, situation, etc; beginner; tyro
 b.  (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
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin novīcius, from novus new]

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novice
mid-14c., "probationer in a religious order," from O.Fr. novice, from M.L. novicius, noun use of L. novicius "newly imported, inexperienced" (of slaves), from novus "new" (see new). Meaning "inexperienced person" is attested from early 15c.
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