or déb·u·tant

[deb-yoo-tahnt, -yuh-]


a person who makes a debut into a professional career or before the public.

Origin of debutant

1815–25; < French débutant, present participle of débuter. See debut, -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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