A debut is a first appearance, a launch, or public introduction. So before you make your big debut at the office, check and make sure you don't have spinach in your teeth.

Perhaps you’ve heard of debutantes making their official debut into society, or actresses and actors making their debut on stage. A fun fact: debut and premiere are often thought to be interchangeable, but they’re not. A debut, as you now know, is a first public appearance. But a premiere, while also a “first,” isn't necessarily live. When a movie opens or an interview is broadcast for the first time, they're called premieres.

Definitions of debut

n the act of beginning something new

“they looked forward to the debut of their new product line”
entry, first appearance, introduction, launching, unveiling
show 6 types...
hide 6 types...
the act of bringing about something (especially at an early time)
product introduction
the introduction (usually by an advertising campaign) of a new product or product line
ushering in
the introduction of something new
naturalisation, naturalization
the introduction of animals or plants to places where they flourish but are not indigenous
induction of labor
(obstetrics) inducing the childbirth process artificially by administering oxytocin or by puncturing the amniotic sac
the induction of sleep or hypnosis
Type of:
beginning, commencement, start
the act of starting something

n the presentation of a debutante in society

Type of:
intro, introduction, presentation
formally making a person known to another or to the public

v appear for the first time in public

“The new ballet that debuts next months at Covent Garden, is already sold out”
Type of:
be performed or presented for public viewing

v make one's debut

“This young soprano debuts next month at the Metropolitan Opera”
Type of:
give a performance (of something)

v present for the first time to the public

“The band debuts a new song or two each month”
Type of:
innovate, introduce
bring something new to an environment

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.