V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a beginner at something; 2. someone who has joined a religious order but has not finished the formal process (such as becoming a monk or nun)

Synonyms: neophyte, beginner, amateur, newcomer, student, apprentice, postulant, convert

Antonyms: veteran

Tips: Novice is related to the Latin word novus, "new." Someone who is new to something is a novice in that field or area. Novice is a more sophisticated way of saying "beginner."

Usage Examples:

The new members of our swim team will attend a special meet for novices at the beginning of the season. (beginners, newcomers)

The young nun, a novice to the church, prepared to take her vows. (convert, postulant)

I know I'm just a novice, but I'm sure I'll learn quickly. (beginner, student)

My daughter is a novice when it comes to driving on California freeways, so I was a little nervous about letting her drive to the beach by herself. (neophyte, beginner)

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