Definition of Novice

1. Noun. Someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows.

Exact synonyms: Novitiate
Generic synonyms: Religious Person



2. Noun. Someone new to a field or activity.

Definition of Novice

1. n. One who is new in any business, profession, or calling; one unacquainted or unskilled; one yet in the rudiments; a beginner; a tyro.

2. a. Like a novice; becoming a novice.

Definition of Novice

1. Noun. A beginner; one who is not very familiar or experienced in a particular subject. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (religion) A new member of a religious order accepted on a conditional basis, prior to confirmation. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Novice

1. a person new to any field or activity [n -S]

Medical Definition of Novice

1. 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. 3. One who enters a religious house, whether of monks or nuns, as a probationist. "No poore cloisterer, nor no novys." (Chaucer) Origin: F, from L. Novicius, novitius, new, from novus new. See New, and cf. Novitious. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Novice

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novene
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novice (current term)
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Literary usage of Novice

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Buddhist Legends by Buddhaghoṣa (1921)
"When Tissa is seven years old, he becomes a novice of the Elder Sariputta. ... On the eighth day the novice accompanies the monks to the city for alms. ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Generally speaking, the novice is bound, before taking his vows; to declare how he wishes his property to be administered, and the income expended. ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1895)
"If the novice does not return by midnight of the first night, the ceremony is interrupted and continued the following night. On one occasion a member of the ..."

4. Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism by Barruel, Robert Clifford (1799)
"... time of trial for the novice was three year?, for of'! ... He will begin by telling his novice, " Silence imd ..."

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