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Monday, February 03, 2003

Definitions for neophyte

  1. A new convert or proselyte.
  2. A novice; a beginner in anything.

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Citations for neophyte
I was a complete neophyte and knew nothing about the choreographic process, but seeing the steps pour out of this man was a revelation. Edward Villella, New York Times
She, the neophyte, with as yet no experience of this, had settled eagerly to the task. Anita Brookner, Falling Slowly
Origin of neophyte
1540-1550
Neophyte comes from Late Latin neophytus, from Greek neophutos, "newly planted," from neo-, "new" + phutos, "planted," from phuein, "to grow, to bring forth."
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