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Definition of neophyte noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    neophyte

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈniːəfaɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈniːəfaɪt//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1a person who has recently started an activity The site gives neophytes the chance to learn from experts.
  2. 2a person who has recently changed to a new religion
  3. 3a person who has recently become a priest or recently entered a religious order
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek neophutos, literally ‘newly planted’ but first used in the sense ‘new convert’ by St Paul in the Bible (1 Tim. 3:6), from neos ‘new’ + phuton ‘plant’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: neophyte