neophyte neophyte  /ˈni ə ˌfaɪt/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a plant that is found in an area where it had not been recorded previously
  2. (n) any new participant in some activity
  3. (n) a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist

Usage(s):

  1. Christopher is a neophyte at the game of backgammon and will require additional instruction.
  2. It is a chance for the neophyte councilor to make her presence felt by pushing her environment agenda.

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  1. "I would rather have a battle hardened veteran at the helm who knows the shoals and whirlpools than a neophyte who has to wade into these churning waters for the first time," said Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.
    on Jan 26, 2009 By: Orrin Hatch Source: Reuters

  2. "I think I view it as a fan. I view it with fresh eyes. For me, I'm a neophyte, I'm been following it the last few years," said Beane, whose baseball owner leads the group that operates San Jose's new Major League Soccer franchise. "The more...
    on Dec 27, 2007 By: Billy Beane Source: USA Today

  3. "How serious can [McCain] be," Frum wrote even before Palin appeared at the GOP convention, "if he would place such a neophyte second in line to the presidency?"
    on Sep 27, 2008 By: David Frum Source: Los Angeles Times

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