Meaning of “beginner” in the English Dictionary

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"beginner" in British English

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beginnernoun [ C ]

uk /bɪˈɡɪn.ər/ us /bɪˈɡɪn.ɚ/

A2 a person who is starting to do something or learn something for the first time:

This judo class is for beginners only.

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  • I would prefer not to leave this job to John while he's still a beginner.
  • Their grammar guide is too difficult for a beginner but not detailed enough for an advanced student.
  • His book is called 'Chess for Beginners'.
  • Her piano teacher only teaches beginners, not people of Grade 3 and above.
  • Don't worry if you're a beginner - the kit has simple step-by-step instructions to help you complete your first cross-stitch design.

(Definition of “beginner” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"beginner" in American English

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beginnernoun [ C ]

us /bɪˈɡɪn·ər/

beginner noun [ C ] (START)

a person who is just learning how to do an activity

(Definition of “beginner” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)