Neophyte is a beginner, a recent convert to something and not yet very familiar with it.(noun)
An example of a neophyte is someone who just joined a religious order.
See neophyte in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: LL(Ec) neophytus < Gr neophytos, newly planted (in 1 Tim. 3:6, a new convert) < neos, new + phytos < phyein, to produce, grow: see bondage
See neophyte in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Late Latin neophytus
Origin: , from Greek neophutos
Origin: : neo-, neo-
Origin: + -phutos, planted (from phuein, to bring forth; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots).
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