What does novice mean?

Definitions for novice
ˈnɒv ɪsnovice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. novitiate, novicenoun

    someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows

  2. novice, beginner, tyro, tiro, initiatenoun

    someone new to a field or activity


  1. novicenoun

    A beginner; one who is not very familiar or experienced in a particular subject.

    I'm only a novice at coding, and my programs frequently have bugs that more experienced programmers wouldn't make.

  2. novicenoun

    A new member of a religious order accepted on a conditional basis, prior to confirmation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Novicenoun

    Etymology: novice, French; novitius, Latin.

    Triple-twin’d whore! ’tis thou
    Hast sold me to this novice. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopat.

    Brave plantagenet,
    That princely novice was struck dead by thee. William Shakespeare.

    Bring me to the sight of Isabella,
    A novice of this place. William Shakespeare, Measure for Meas.

    You are novices; ’tis a world to see
    How tame, when men and women are alone,
    A meacock wretch can make the curtest shrew. William Shakespeare.

    We have novices and apprentices, that the succession of the former employed men do not fail. Francis Bacon.

    If any unexperienced young novice happens into the fatal neighbourhood of such pests, presently they are plying his full purse and his empty pate. Robert South, Sermons.

    I am young, a novice in the trade,
    The fool of love, unpractis’d to persuade;
    And want the soothing arts that catch the fair,
    But caught myself lie struggling in the snare.
    And she I love, or laughs at all my pain,
    Or knows her worth too well, and pays me with disdain. Dry.

    In these experiments I have set down such circumstances by which either the phenomenon might be rendered more conspicuous, or a novice might more easily try them, or by which I did try them only. Isaac Newton, Opt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Novicenoun

    one who is new in any business, profession, or calling; one unacquainted or unskilled; one yet in the rudiments; a beginner; a tyro

  2. Novicenoun

    one newly received into the church, or one newly converted to the Christian faith

  3. Novicenoun

    one who enters a religious house, whether of monks or nuns, as a probationist

  4. Noviceadjective

    like a novice; becoming a novice

  5. Etymology: [F., from L. novicius, novitius, new, from novus new. See New, and cf. Novitious.]


  1. Novice

    A novice is a person or creature who is new to a field or activity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Novice

    nov′is, n. one new in anything: a beginner: one newly received into the church: an inmate of a convent or nunnery who has not yet taken the vow.—ns. Nov′iceship; Novi′ciate, Novi′tiate, the state of being a novice: the period of being a novice: a novice. [Fr.,—L. novitiusnovus, new.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of novice in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of novice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of novice in a Sentence

  1. Charoenpol Rattanaweerachon:

    I think he helped the children a lot, being a novice monk for 10 years.

  2. Ivy Vann of Peterborough:

    Because I have a big dinner table and no children living at home, my husband and I usually host, i became, at age 65, the world's oldest living DD novice.

  3. David Peyton:

    It becomes obvious why novice users, people who've never smoked before, find it easy to try San Francisco-based Juul, and once you try it, you're getting dosed with a high concentration of nicotine.

  4. Kasen Kongtui:

    I was overwhelmed with happiness and excited about the ceremony, he told me: 'Grandfather, I want to become a novice!' So we helped him.

  5. Eric Teoh:

    An 18-year-old novice is probably more prepared maturity-wise than a 16-year-old novice.

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