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From Middle English begynner, equivalent to begin + -er. Cognate with West Frisian begjinner (“beginner”), Dutch beginner (“beginner”), Low German begünner (“beginner”), Danish nybegynder (“beginner, novice”, literally “new-beginner”).
beginner (plural beginners)
- Someone who is just starting at something, or has only recently started.
- I'm new to learning Finnish: I'm just a beginner.
- Someone who sets something in motion.
- The beginner of the games lit the ceremonial torch.
- (theater) An actor who is present on stage in the first moments of a play.
- 1949, Walter Macqueen-Pope, Gaiety: Theatre of Enchantment, page 60:
- On the stage, the beginners for the first piece had taken their places — the chorus were there, scared but determined, and in the wings waited Harlequin, in the person of Charles Lyall […]
- (recent starter): amateur, newbie
- See also Thesaurus:beginner
someone who just recently started
someone who sets something in motion
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
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- “beginner”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “beginner”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
beginner m (plural beginners, diminutive beginnertje n)
- Someone who is just starting something, or has only recently started (similar to English)
- Hij kan goed schaken voor een beginner. ― He plays chess well for a beginner.
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