verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for debut
I enjoyed it, but thought it paled in comparison to their debut.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The brother of a girl who made her debut in New Orleans society was shaking his fists in excitement.
Forty-two years after its debut, The Godfather casts a long shadow over American cinema.
It was creative thinking like this that helped it debut at number one on Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age|Lauren Schwartzberg|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The classic film that opens with a tornado sweeping through a Kansas farm made its debut 75 years ago in 1939.
The violence of his debut caused him to sprawl forward on his hands and knees and his hat fell off.The Boy Patrol Around the Council Fire|Edward Sylvester Ellis
On the second day after the doctor's debut as a hunter, I accompanied the hunters to the hills.Memoirs of Orange Jacobs|Orange Jacobs
Such was Buck Duane's debut in the little outlaw hamlet of Ord.The Lone Star Ranger|Zane Grey
I think that was not so very long after the Mikado made its debut.A Portrait of Old George Town|Grace Dunlop Ecker
Some new star probably, whose violin had been broken and who did not care to appear in public before the hour of his debut.The Drums Of Jeopardy|Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for debut
- the first public appearance of an actor, musician, etc, or the first public presentation of a show
- (as modifier)debut album
Word Origin for debut
Word Origin and History for debut
1751, from French début "first appearance," a figurative use from débuter "make the first stroke at billiards," also "to lead off at bowls" (a game akin to bowling), 16c., from but "mark, goal," from Old French but "end" (see butt (n.3)). The verb is first attested 1830.
Début can only be pronounced as French, and should not be used by anyone who shrinks from the necessary effort. [Fowler]