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[tahy-roh] /ˈtaɪ roʊ/
noun, plural tyros.
a beginner in learning anything; novice.
Origin of tyro
1605-15; < Latin tīrō recruit
Related forms
[tahy-ron-ik] /taɪˈrɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
neophyte, learner. Unabridged
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  • Whether you're a vacationing tyro or a big-name pro, there's a wave here with your name on it.
  • In fact, the merest tyro in military matters knows where the fault lies.
  • On a return visit, neither tyro busboy nor novice waitress was in sight.
  • The behavioral experiments at the base of this work wouldn't, in principle, surprise a tyro in sophomore biology.
  • The typical film scribe making his move to the director's chair would pick a modest project, one that doesn't tax his tyro status.
  • It's a satisfaction of another sort to have movies that appeal to the deepest, dreamiest parts of a tyro moviegoer's soul.
British Dictionary definitions for tyro


noun (pl) -ros
a novice or beginner
Derived Forms
tyronic, tironic (taɪˈrɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tīrō recruit
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Word Origin and History for tyro

1610s, from Medieval Latin tyro, variant of Latin tiro (plural tirones) "young soldier, recruit, beginner," of unknown origin.

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