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  1. a person or thing that begins.
  2. a person who has begun a course of instruction or is learning the fundamentals: swimming for beginners.
  3. a person who is inexperienced; novice.
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Origin of beginner

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at begin, -er1
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  1. a person who has just started to do or learn something; novice
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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.

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