Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A beginning or first attempt; hence, a first appearance before the public, as of an actor or public speaker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Beginning; first attempt or appearance; first step: used specifically of a first appearance in society, or before the public, as that of an actor or an actress on the stage.
  • n. In chess, same as opening, 9.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make one's debut
  • v. appear for the first time in public
  • v. present for the first time to the public
  • n. the presentation of a debutante in society
  • n. the act of beginning something new

Etymologies

Borrowing from French début, from débuter ("begin”, “start”, “lead off"). (Wiktionary)

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