Definition of debutant in US English:



  • A person making a first appearance in a career or in fashionable society.

    as modifier ‘rarely in the history of the festival has a debutant director won the Palme d'Or’
    • ‘Hong Kong, with ten debutants, dismissed three batsmen for a run to end UAE's innings at 127, the same score Hong Kong had made in their first innings.’
    • ‘Although beaten 84-12, Innes - one of seven debutants in the York side last night - insists he will be back for more.’
    • ‘Henry is using the match to have a closer look at three debutants in the starting line-up and two more in the reserves.’
    • ‘Harrogate are likely to again try a few new faces, having played nine debutants, including seven summer signings, in the 3-0 defeat by First Division Barnsley on Tuesday.’
    • ‘Over the years, Tottenham Hotspur have had a fine tradition of crowd winning goalscoring debutants.’
    • ‘After his own sending-off on 34 minutes, Brass admitted he was delighted the way his side, featuring no fewer than five debutants, rallied to the cause even without their boss.’
    • ‘Essex had three debutants in their side including 32-year-old fast bowler Joseph Grant who plays for Dunnington in the Huntters the Estate Agent York Senior League.’
    • ‘‘Our Day Out’ was, overall, an excellent team effort with the older members of the cast providing a perfect balance with the debutants.’
    • ‘Brown will also give chances to many of the debutants who made such an impact in the 1-1 draw with Poland.’
    • ‘Jim Leishman's team may be European debutants, but they were also the third-best side in Scotland last season.’
    • ‘Drummond's victory made him the first debutant to win at Wentworth since Arnold Palmer in 1975.’
    • ‘There is a story that's told about how a debutant in the Portugal team made the mistake of taking the seat in the team bus where Figo always sat.’
    • ‘This time, however, Dortmund had 14 players injured, and three young debutants, one of whom was sent off.’
    • ‘The manager's experiments have included the use of 27 players in three fixtures, including 14 debutants.’
    • ‘In Messina, Italy, Joonas Kolkka played in Finland's 1-0 friendly loss against an Italian side full of debutants.’
    • ‘South Africa are playing with a new-look side led by Smith, which includes three debutants - left-handed batsman Rudolph and pacemen Dawson and Charl Willoughby.’
    • ‘Tindall was dynamite, and Steve Thompson, the debutant hooker, a huge man in attack.’
    • ‘The Mount Sion duo of goalkeeper Ian O'Regan and corner-forward Sean Ryan are the Waterford debutants in tomorrow's NHL showdown with champions Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.’
    • ‘The back three work as a single entity and if a debutant full-back has an experienced mate alongside him, that can only help him.’
    • ‘York Wasps were forced to field no fewer than seven debutants against league leaders Leigh last night and paid the price with the biggest home defeat in their history.’


Early 19th century: from French débutant ‘leading off’, from the verb débuter.