Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “novice”

novice

noun [C]     /ˈnɒv.ɪs/ US  /ˈnɑː.vɪs/
a person who is not experienced in a job or situation: I've never driven a car before - I'm a complete novice. This is quite a difficult plant for novice gardeners to grow.Inexperienced people and lack of experience a person who is training to be a monk or a nunMonks and nuns
(Definition of novice noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of novice

Definitions of “novice” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

neighbourly

friendly or helpful

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More