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



    BrE BrE//ˈnɒvɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːvɪs//
    Religious people, Equine sports
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  1. 1a person who is new and has little experience in a skill, job or situation I'm a complete novice at skiing. computer software for novices/the novice user
  2. 2 a person who has joined a religious group and is preparing to become a monk or a nun See related entries: Religious people
  3. 3a horse that has not yet won an important race See related entries: Equine sports
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from late Latin novicius, from novus ‘new’.Extra examples The on-screen manual shows the novice user the basics of the program. a novice in politics I’m a complete novice at diving. Some ski resorts are ideal for novices.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: novice