- a beginner or novice: He's a neophyte at chess.
- Roman Catholic Church. a novice.
- a person newly converted to a belief, as a heathen, heretic, or nonbeliever; proselyte.
- Primitive Church. a person newly baptized.
Origin of neophyte
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For the aficionado or the neophyte, Comics is a useful overview of a richly creative period in a burgeoning art.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
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The other thing the film got wrong was the premise that David was a neophyte, better suited for interviewing the Bee Gees.The Private David Frost
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All the hullabaloo confused the neophyte rockers, who had only been a band for two years and were searching for their own voice.Cold War Kids on Faith, Hipster Detractors & Their Musical Evolution
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Wallin did not seem to be a neophyte in the ways of narcotics peddling.Monsignor Meth Kevin Wallin: The Kinky Priest Who Sold Meth
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It demonstrated to the neophyte publisher the importance a strong broadband presence can have for a burgeoning brand.‘Treats!’: High Fashion’s Sexy New Magazine Takes Off
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Never before had neophyte lived so entirely for the happiness of others.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The neophyte receives the falling drops on his head, clothes and body.The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
We welcome you, the neophyte, who has joined us in our pilgrimage.Evening Round Up</p>
William Crosbie Hunter
Yet, the neophyte, if he strolls by chance into a sale-room, will be surprised at the spectacle.
Let the neophyte try his luck, however, and prices will rise wonderfully.
- a person newly converted to a religious faith
- RC Church a novice in a religious order
- a novice or beginner
Word Origin and History for neophyte
"new convert," 1550s, from Ecclesiastical Latin neophytus, from Greek neophytos "a new convert," noun use of adjective meaning "newly initiated, newly converted," literally "newly planted," from neos "new" (see new) + phytos "grown; planted," verbal adjective of phyein "cause to grow, beget, plant" (see physic). Church sense is from I Tim. iii:6. Rare before 19c. General sense of "one who is new to any subject" is first recorded 1590s.