neophyte[nē′ō fīt′, nē′ə-]
- Neophyte is a beginner, a recent convert to something and not yet very familiar with it.
An example of a neophyte is someone who just joined a religious order.
- a new convert
- one just beginning a new kind of life, work, etc.; beginner; novice
Origin of neophyteEcclesiastical Late Latin neophytus ; from Classical Greek neophytos, newly planted (in 1 Timothy (Bible) 3:6, a new convert) ; from neos, new + phytos ; from phyein, to produce, grow: see bondage
- A recent convert to a belief; a proselyte.
- A beginner or novice: a neophyte at politics.
- a. Roman Catholic Church A newly ordained priest.b. A novice of a religious order or congregation.
Origin of neophyteMiddle English, from Late Latin neophytus, from Greek neophutos, newly planted, a recent convert : neo-, neo- + -phutos, planted (from phuein, to bring forth, make grow; see bheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots).
- A beginner; a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief.
- A novice (recent convert), a new convert or proselyte, a new monk.
- (Christianity) A name given by the early Christians, and still given by the Roman Catholics, to those who have recently embraced the Christian faith, and been admitted to baptism, especially those converts from heathenism or Judaism.
- (biology) A plant species recently introduced to an area (in contrast to archaeophyte, a long-established introduced species).
From Latin neophytus, from Ancient Greek Î½ÎµÏŒÏ†Ï…Ï„Î¿Ï‚ (neophutos), from Î½ÎÎ¿Ï‚ (neos, â€œnewâ€) + Ï†Ï…Ï„ÏŒÎ½ (phuton, â€œplant, childâ€). Surface analysis is neo- +â€Ž -phyte.