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Meaning of NEOPHYTE

Pronunciation:  'neeu`fIt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist
  2. [n]  any new participant in some activity

NEOPHYTE is a 8 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: catechumen, entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, newcomer, starter
 See Also: beginner, educatee, enlistee, initiate, novice, pupil, recruit, student, tiro, tyro



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ne"o*phyte\, n. [L. neophytis, Gr. ?, prop., newly
planted; ? new + ? grown, ? that which has grown, a plant,
fr. ? to grow: cf. F. n['e]ophyte. See {New}, and {Be}.]
1. A new convert or proselyte; -- a name given by the early
   Christians, and still given by the Roman Catholics, to
   such as have recently embraced the Christian faith, and
   been admitted to baptism, esp. to converts from heathenism
   or Judaism.

2. A novice; a tyro; a beginner in anything.

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