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or déb·u·tant

[deb-yoo-tahnt, -yuh-]
  1. a person who makes a debut into a professional career or before the public.
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Origin of debutant

1815–25; < French débutant, present participle of débuter. See debut, -ant
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Examples from the Web for debutant

Historical Examples

  • The debutant was known to be an admirer of the Hotspur of roaring Elrington.

    Their Majesties' Servants (Volume 1 of 3)

    John Doran

  • The young police agent to whom Gevrol abandoned what he thought an unnecessary investigation was a debutant in his profession.

    Monsieur Lecoq, v.1

    Emile Gaboriau

  • 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.

  • In the scene with his sister the debutant should say: 'Are you assured that Mr. Belcour gave you no diamonds?'

British Dictionary definitions for debutant


  1. 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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