neophyte

[ nee-uh-fahyt ]
/ ˈni əˌfaɪt /

noun

a beginner or novice: He's a neophyte at chess.
Roman Catholic Church. a novice.
a person newly converted to a belief, as a heathen, heretic, or nonbeliever; proselyte.
Primitive Church. a person newly baptized.

Nearby words

  1. neoorthodoxy,
  2. neopaganism,
  3. neopallium,
  4. neophilia,
  5. neophobia,
  6. neopilina,
  7. neoplasia,
  8. neoplasm,
  9. neoplasticism,
  10. neoplasty

Origin of neophyte

1540–50; < Late Latin neophytus newly planted < Greek neóphytos. See neo-, -phyte

Related formsne·o·phyt·ic [nee-uh-fit-ik] /ˌni əˈfɪt ɪk/, ne·o·phyt·ish [nee-uh-fahy-tish] /ˈni əˌfaɪ tɪʃ/, adjectivene·o·phyt·ism [nee-uh-fahy-tiz-uhm] /ˈni ə faɪˌtɪz əm/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for neophyte

neophyte

/ (ˈniːəʊˌfaɪt) /

noun

a person newly converted to a religious faith
RC Church a novice in a religious order
a novice or beginner
Derived Formsneophytic (ˌniːəʊˈfɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for neophyte

C16: via Church Latin from New Testament Greek neophutos recently planted, from neos new + phuton a plant

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Word Origin and History for neophyte

neophyte

n.

"new convert," 1550s, from Ecclesiastical Latin neophytus, from Greek neophytos "a new convert," noun use of adjective meaning "newly initiated, newly converted," literally "newly planted," from neos "new" (see new) + phytos "grown; planted," verbal adjective of phyein "cause to grow, beget, plant" (see physic). Church sense is from I Tim. iii:6. Rare before 19c. General sense of "one who is new to any subject" is first recorded 1590s.

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