Origin of Debut
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.
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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