Origin of debut

1745–55; < French début, derivative of débuter to make the first stroke in a game, make one's first appearance, equivalent to dé- de- + -buter, verbal derivative of but goal; see butt2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for debut

British Dictionary definitions for debut

/ (ˈdeɪbjuː, ˈdɛbjuː) /


  1. the first public appearance of an actor, musician, etc, or the first public presentation of a show
  2. (as modifier)debut album
the presentation of a debutante

verb (intr)

to make a debut

Word Origin for debut

C18: from French début, from Old French desbuter to play first (hence: make one's first appearance), from des- de- + but goal, target; see butt ²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012