novice
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈnɒvɪs/
Noun

novice (plural novices)

  1. A beginner; one who is not very familiar or experienced in a particular subject. [from 14th c.]
    I'm only a novice at coding, and my programs frequently have bugs that more experienced programmers would avoid.
  2. (religion) A new member of a religious order accepted on a conditional basis, prior to confirmation. [from 14th c.]
    • 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), page 1137:
      Nor had it been difficult to find a Coptic priest who, together with his youthful novice, chanted the seemingly interminable Egyptian service of the dead […]
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • German: Novize
  • Portuguese: noviço
  • Russian: послушник
  • Spanish: novicio



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