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[ dey-byoo, dih-, dey-byoo, deb-yoo ]
See synonyms for: debutdebuteddebuting on

  1. a first public appearance on a stage, on television, etc.

  2. the first appearance of something, as a new product.

  1. (of a young woman) a formal introduction and entrance into society, as at an annual ball.

  2. the beginning of a profession, career, etc.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make a debut, as in society or in a performing art: She decided to debut with several other violinists.

  2. to appear for the first time, as on the market: A new product will debut next month.

verb (used with object)
  1. to perform (something) for the first time before an audience: He didn't know when the orchestra would debut his new symphony.

  2. to place on the market for the first time; introduce.

  1. of, relating to, or constituting a first appearance: a debut performance; a debut record album.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use debut in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for debut


/ (ˈdeɪbjuː, ˈdɛbjuː) /

    • the first public appearance of an actor, musician, etc, or the first public presentation of a show

    • (as modifier): debut album

  1. the presentation of a debutante

  1. to make a debut

Origin of 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

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