- 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.]
- One newly received into the church, or one newly converted to the Christian faith.
- [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