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
  1. noun
    someone new to a field or activity
    synonyms: initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
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    a novice learning the rudiments of some subject
    apprentice, intern, learner, prentice
    someone who 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
  2. noun
    a person who founds or establishes some institution
    synonyms: father, founder, founding father
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    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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