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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 novices
  • But there are lots of jobs even novices can handle well.
  • It's absolutely not for novices, but the experts put on quite a show.
  • The only advice that can be given to novices uncertain of their own discrimination is to keep carefully off the debatable ground.
  • Yet, even the file sharing and forum functions are easy for novices to use.
  • The discovery of knowledge is a communal process, involving seasoned professionals and novices, exploring and working together.
  • Then there is a letter where she reports the violent suicide attempt of the nun who was in charge of the novices.
  • All religions by definition demand perfection from their novices and adherents, so an imperfect solution is no solution at all.
  • The audience for this video would be novices, possibly at the high school level or adults unfamiliar with bioinformatics.
  • This, despite the fact that even political novices know that the military usually gets what it wants.
  • If they had pushed the tube too far, it could have slid into the right lung-a potentially grave error frequently made by novices.
British Dictionary definitions for novices


  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 novices



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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