A beginner is someone who's brand new at something. In swimming lessons, a beginner practices putting her face in the water and blowing bubbles.

If you're a beginner, you're a novice or an amateur — in other words, you're still learning. When you're learning to drive, you're a beginner and probably need the help of an instructor while you drive carefully around your neighborhood. A beginner at speaking French might be able to say a few phrases and know some basic vocabulary words. The earliest meaning of beginner, from the 14th century, was "founder," or "person who establishes an institution."

Definitions of beginner

n someone new to a field or activity

initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
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a novice learning the rudiments of some subject
apprentice, learner, prentice
works for an expert to learn a trade
cub, greenhorn, rookie
an awkward and inexperienced youth
landlubber, landsman, lubber
an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage
entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, starter
any new participant in some activity
an inexperienced person (especially someone inexperienced in outdoor living)
someone who is being trained
cadet, plebe
a military trainee (as at a military academy)
printer's devil
an apprentice in a printing establishment
enlistee, recruit
any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
Type of:
unskilled person
a person who lacks technical training

n a person who founds or establishes some institution

father, founder, founding father
Sir Walter Raleigh
English courtier (a favorite of Elizabeth I) who tried to colonize Virginia; introduced potatoes and tobacco to England (1552-1618)
Cecil John Rhodes
British colonial financier and statesman in South Africa; made a fortune in gold and diamond mining; helped colonize the territory now known as Zimbabwe; he endowed annual fellowships for British Commonwealth and United States students to study at Oxford University (1853-1902)
one of a group of founders
coloniser, colonizer
someone who helps to found a colony
a woman founder
Type of:
conceiver, mastermind, originator
someone who creates new things

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