neophyte
[ nee-uh-fahyt ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late middle English via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek neophutos, literally ‘newly planted’ but first used in the sense ‘new convert’ by St Paul (1 Tim. 3:6), from neos ‘new’ + phuton ‘plant’
Synonyms
  • newcomer
  • novice
  • beginner
Antonyms
  • expert
  • professional
Definition
a beginner or novice
Example
The young boy is a neophyte in chess but is learning quickly.
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