A neophyte is someone who's brand new at something. You're a neophyte the first time you pick up a guitar and start learning to play.

Neo- means new, and -phyte is from the Greek phuton "plant"––like a baby plant, a neophyte is someone who is new to an activity. In Greek, neophytos, literally "newly planted," was used to mean "new church convert." A political neophyte is someone who is newly elected and comes to Washington D.C. not understanding how the game of politics is played. A Frisbee neophyte is someone who has just thrown the disc for the first time.

Definitions of neophyte

n any new participant in some activity

entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, newbie, newcomer, starter
enlistee, recruit
any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
Type of:
beginner, initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
someone new to a field or activity

n a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist

Type of:
educatee, pupil, student
a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

n a plant that is found in an area where it had not been recorded previously

Type of:
flora, plant, plant life
(botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion

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