Definitions for: Novice


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


Nov"ice, a.
Like a novice; becoming a novice. [Obs.]

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

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