- The definition of a debut is the first appearance of someone or something.
An example of a debut is the launch of a new product where the product is introduced to the world for the first time.
- To debut is defined as to come out in public or be launched in public for the first time.
When your new band gives its first ever performance, this is an example of debut.
- a first appearance before the public, as of an actor
- the formal introduction of a young woman into upper-class society
- the beginning of a career, course, etc.
Origin of debutFrench début from débuter, to play first, lead off from (jouer) de but, (to play) for the mark: see de- and butt
intransitive verb-·buted′ , -·but′ing
- a. A first appearance in public, as of a performer: He made his acting debut on Broadway.b. A first time appearing in a particular capacity or position: made his major-league debut; her debut as a director.
- Informal A first publication, as of a novel or music album, by an individual or group: The band released three singles from their debut.
- The formal presentation of a young woman to society.
- The beginning of a course of action: the debut of a new foreign policy.
tr. & intr.v.de·buted, de·but·ing, de·buts,
Origin of debutFrench début from débuter to give the first stroke in a game, begin dé- from, away ( from Old French de- ; see de- . ) but goal, target ( from Old French butte ; see butt3. )
- A performer's first-time performance to the public.
- Since making its debut two years ago, the program has gained cult status.
(third-person singular simple present debuts, present participle debuting, simple past and past participle debuted)
- (chiefly US) to formally introduce, as to the public
- Amalgamated Software Systems debuted release 3.2 in Spring of 2004.
- (intransitive) to make one's initial formal appearance
- Release 3.2 debuted to mixed reviews in Spring of 2004.
From French début, from Middle French, derivative of débuter (“to move, begin”), from dé- + but (“mark, goal”), from Old French but (“aim, goal, end, target”), from Old French butte (“mound, knoll, target”), from Frankish *but (“stump, log”), or from Old Norse bútr (“log, stump, butt”); both from Proto-Germanic *butą (“end, piece”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeud- (“to beat, push”). Cognate with Old English butt (“tree stump”). More at butt.