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Meaning of NOVICE

Pronunciation:  'nâvis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone new to a field or activity
  2. [n]  someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows

NOVICE is a 6 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: beginner, initiate, novitiate, tiro, tyro
 See Also: abecedarian, apprentice, cub, entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, greenhorn, landlubber, landsman, learner, lubber, neophyte, newcomer, prentice, religionist, religious person, rookie, starter, tenderfoot, trainee, unskilled person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Nov"ice\, n. [F., from L. novicius, novitius, new, from
    novus new. See {New}, and cf. {Novitious}.]
    1. One who is new in any business, profession, or calling;
       one unacquainted or unskilled; one yet in the rudiments; a
       beginner; a tyro.
             I am young; a novice in the trade.    --Dryden.
    2. One newly received into the church, or one newly converted
       to the Christian faith. --1 Tim. iii. 6.
    3. (Eccl.) One who enters a religious house, whether of monks
       or nuns, as a probationist. --Shipley.
             No poore cloisterer, nor no novys.    --Chaucer.
  2. \Nov"ice\, a.
    Like a novice; becoming a novice. [Obs.]
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