noun: novice; plural noun: novices
  1. a person new to or inexperienced in a field or situation.
    “he was a complete novice in foreign affairs”
    synonyms: beginner, learner, neophyte, newcomer, initiate, tyro, fledgling; More

    “a five-day course for novices”
    antonyms: expert, veteran
    • a person who has entered a religious order and is under probation, before taking vows.
      synonyms: neophyte, novitiate; More

      “a novice who was never ordained”
    • an animal, especially a racehorse, that has not yet won a major prize or reached a level of performance to qualify for important events.
Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin novicius, from novus ‘new.’

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