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 refer to a 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
  1. noun
    any new participant in some activity
    synonyms: entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, newbie, newcomer, starter
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    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
  2. noun
    a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist
    synonyms: catechumen
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    type of:
    educatee, pupil, student
    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
  3. noun
    a plant that is found in an area where it had not been recorded previously
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    type of:
    flora, plant, plant life
    (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
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