- a person who makes a debut into a professional career or before the public.
Origin of debutant
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Examples from the Web for debutant
The debutant was known to be an admirer of the Hotspur of roaring Elrington.
The young police agent to whom Gevrol abandoned what he thought an unnecessary investigation was a debutant in his profession.Monsieur Lecoq, v.1
Not one of them attributed the expected multitude in any respect to the debutant in Hamlet, or the beauty of the Ophelia.
He danced the prettiest pas seal that was ever footed by debutant on the hot iron plates of Purgatory.Sandra Belloni, Complete
In the scene with his sister the debutant should say: 'Are you assured that Mr. Belcour gave you no diamonds?'
- a person who is making a first appearance in a particular capacity, such as a sportsperson playing in a first game for a team
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Word Origin and History for debutant
1824, "male performer or speaker making his first public appearance," from French, noun use of present participle of débuter "to make the first strike" (in billiards, etc.), from debut (see debut).
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