- a person who is new to the circumstances, work, etc., in which he or she is placed; beginner; tyro: a novice in politics.
- a person who has been received into a religious order or congregation for a period of probation before taking vows.
- a person newly become a church member.
- a recent convert to Christianity.
Origin of novice
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Examples from the Web for novices
Fans and novices soon became swept up in the movement, tracing each work like buried treasure.Catch Him If You Can: Reliving Banksy’s New York Invasion
November 14, 2014
Though the attendees varied from whiskey enthusiasts to novices, most said they liked the rye best.Why Rye Is The Nation's Spirit, And Why No One Can Get It
July 12, 2014
These novices have their pick of seven branches of training: from mechanics to tailoring, electrical work to “kitchen arts.”Victims No More: Congo’s Badass Women Mechanics
June 6, 2014
The Daily Beast presents the perfect weekend entertainment for novices and seasoned cruciverbalists alike.The Weekend Crossword: Tennis, Everyone?
August 27, 2009
"It would, perchance, be best that the novices be not admitted," suggested the master.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Excuse me for insinuating by this expression, that there may yet be amongst you some novices.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
They, I know right well, when matched with us, will prove but novices in war.Cyropaedia
They were superbly muscular and used to the dragging efforts of novices.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
She is Mistress of the Novices, and seldom comes where I am.In Convent Walls
Emily Sarah Holt
- a person who is new to or inexperienced in a certain task, situation, etc; beginner; tyro
- (as modifier)novice driver
- a probationer in a religious order
- a sportsman, esp an oarsman, who has not won a recognized prize, performed to an established level, etc
- a racehorse, esp a steeplechaser or hurdler, that has not won a specified number of races
Word Origin and History for novices
mid-14c., "probationer in a religious order," from Old French novice "beginner" (12c.), from Medieval Latin novicius, noun use of Latin novicius "newly imported, newly arrived, inexperienced" (of slaves), from novus "new" (see new). Meaning "inexperienced person" is attested from early 15c.