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or ti·ro

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noun, plural ty·ros.
  1. a beginner in learning anything; novice.
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Origin of tyro

First recorded in 1605–15, tyro is from the Latin word tīrō recruit
Related formsty·ron·ic [tahy-ron-ik] /taɪˈrɒn ɪk/, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • A tyro in the art of war could see that much of the strategy that was going on.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman

    J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd

  • Any tyro in the logics will tell thee that the onus of proving lies with the accuser.

  • To the Wondrous Vision he said something which caused her to glance over at the Tyro.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • At sight of the Tyro, his joke which he had so highly esteemed, returned to his mind.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • The Tyro she allowed to stand, vouchsafing him only the most careless recognition.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

British Dictionary definitions for tyro



noun plural -ros
  1. a novice or beginner
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Derived Formstyronic or tironic (taɪˈrɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin tīrō recruit
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Word Origin and History for tyro


1610s, from Medieval Latin tyro, variant of Latin tiro (plural tirones) "young soldier, recruit, beginner," of unknown origin.

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