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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Nov"ice
  1. One who is new in any business, profession, or calling; one unacquainted or unskilled; one yet in the rudiments; a beginner; a tyro."I am young; a novice in the trade." [Dryden.]
  2. One newly received into the church, or one newly converted to the Christian faith.
  3. [Eccl] One who enters a religious house, whether of monks or nuns, as a probationist."No poore cloisterer, nor no novys." [Chaucer.]

Etymology: F., from L. novicius novitius, new, from novus new. See New, and cf. Novitious

adjective Nov"ice
Like a novice; becoming a novice.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Someone new to a field or activity
  2. Someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows

From Anglo-Norman novice, Middle French novice, borrowed from Latin novīcius, later novitius (“new, newly arrived”) (in Late Latin as a noun, masculine novicius, feminine novicia (“one who has newly entered a monastery or a convent”)), from novus (“new”).

  1. A beginner; one who is not very familiar or experienced in a particular subject. [from 14th c.]
    I'm only a at coding, and my programs frequently have bugs that more experienced programmers wouldn't make.
  2. (religion) A new member of a religious order accepted on a conditional basis, prior to confirmation. [from 14th c.]

novice was also found in the following language(s): French and Norman

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Fun Facts about the name Novice

  • How Popular is the name Novice? Novice is the 35,637th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Novice have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 107 babies born with the first name Novice in the United States. That's more than enough people named Novice to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Novice? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Novice first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Novice is Sunday, February 28th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Novice born? The highest recorded use of the first name Novice was in 1921 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Random Novice Factoid: According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Novice is not a popular baby girl's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1927.
  • Weird things about the name Novice: Your name in reverse order is Ecivon. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oviecn. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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