from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person new to a field or activity; a beginner.
- n. A person who has entered a religious order but has not yet taken final vows. Also called novitiate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is new in any business, profession, or calling; one unacquainted or unskilled; one yet in the rudiments; a beginner; a tyro.
- n. One newly received into the church, or one newly converted to the Christian faith.
- n. One who enters a religious house, whether of monks or nuns, as a probationist.
- adj. Like a novice; becoming a novice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is new to the circumstances in which he or she is placed; a beginner in anything; an inexperienced or untried person.
- n. Specifically A monk or nun who has newly entered one of the orders, and is still in a state of probation, subject to the superior of the convent and the discipline of the house, but bound by no permanent monastic vows; a probationer. The term of probation differs in different religious communities, but is regularly at least one year.
- Having the character of a beginner, or one new to the practice of anything; inexperienced; also, characteristic of or befitting a novice.
- n. In bench shows and other similar exhibitions, an animal which has not before been exhibited for a prize.
- n. In athletics, one who has not won a prize, when the competition is open to members of two or more clubs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone new to a field or activity
- n. someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows
Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin novīcius, from Latin, recently entered into a condition, from Latin novus, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman novice, Middle French novice, from Latin novīcius, later novitius ("new, newly arrived") (in Late Latin as a noun, novicius, masculine, novicia ("feminine, one who has newly entered a monastery or a convent")), from novus ("new"). (Wiktionary)