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nov·ice

novice

 
 
pronunciation:
na vihs
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person with little or no experience, esp. in a work situation; beginner.
The job was a tricky one and the boss didn't want to risk handing it over to a novice.I could use some help because I'm still a novice at using this machine.
synonyms:
apprentice, beginner, fledgling, freshman, greenhorn, neophyte, rookie, tenderfoot, tyro
antonyms:
expert, old hand, veteran
similar words:
catechumen, cub, learner, newcomer, pupil, trainee
definition 2: a new member of a religious order who is undergoing a period of testing before taking vows.
Some of the rules that the nuns lived by were difficult for her when she'd been a young novice.
synonyms:
novitiate, postulant
similar words:
catechumen, initiate, neophyte, pledge, recruit
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