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Definition of "neophyte" []

  • A recent convert to a belief; a proselyte. (noun)
  • A beginner or novice: a neophyte at politics. (noun)
  • Roman Catholic Church A newly ordained priest. (noun)
  • A novice of a religious order or congregation. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "neophyte" in a sentence
  • "In Charles County, a political neophyte is challenging a longtime county government official who in recent years was accused of unethical behavior for allegedly misleading county commissioners."
  • "I seldom see many if any of these qualities in neophyte hunters and often the complete package is missing in the more experienced."
  • "And I had to look up the word neophyte so does that also make me 78% dumb?"