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[bih-gin-er] /bɪˈgɪn ər/
a person or thing that begins.
a person who has begun a course of instruction or is learning the fundamentals:
swimming for beginners.
a person who is inexperienced; novice.
Origin of beginner
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at begin, -er1 Unabridged
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  • Although only a beginner, he was already recognized as an artist of great talent.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • This, too, is an arrangement made to let down the beginner easily.

  • Because it is more musical and harmonious in sound, and makes the structure of Latin verse clear even to the beginner.

    Latin Pronunciation Harry Thurston Peck
  • What play to select for a beginner becomes then a question of some moment.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8 Charles H. Sylvester
  • I was a mere bungler, a beginner beside her; she even sang a charming little chanson.

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • I think the best kind of flail for a beginner is a long cane.

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • Pretty well, I think, for a beginner, remarked Mr. Bolter complacently.

British Dictionary definitions for beginner


a person who has just started to do or learn something; novice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beginner

early 14c., "founder," agent noun from begin. Meaning "novice" is from late 15c. Beginner's luck is from 1897.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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