Nov"ice (?), n. [F., from L. novicius, novitius, new, from novus new. See New, and cf. Novitious.]

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.

1 Tim. iii. 6.

3. Eccl.

One who enters a religious house, whether of monks or nuns, as a probationist.

Shipley.

No poore cloisterer, nor no novys. Chaucer.

 

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Nov"ice, a.

Like a novice; becoming a novice.

[Obs.]

 

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