Definition of debut in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdeɪbjuː/
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛbjuː/


1A person’s first appearance or performance in a particular capacity or role: the film marked his debut as a director
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  • That she succeeds so well is impressive given that the role represents her film debut.
  • Saint's role was her screen debut and merely resulted in a well-deserved Best Supporting Actress Award for her.
  • Two years earlier, Sophia had made her debut with a bit role in the Federico Fellini film, ‘Variety Lights’.
first appearance, first showing, first performance, launch, launching, coming out, entrance, premiere, beginning, introduction, inception, inauguration
informal kick-off
formal commencement
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting the first recording or publication of a group, singer, or writer: a debut album
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  • The former Skunk Anansie singer's debut solo album deals with a time when her relationship - and her world - fell apart.
  • Now having just completed the recording of their debut album, they'll be giving us first listen to some new tracks.
  • Which singer's debut album was released when she was just 13?
1.2 dated The first appearance of a debutante in society.
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  • He didn't need Dorothy to tell him his liaison with Helene was not going to help Dianna's debut in Polite Society.
  • And August 6, three days after her 18th birthday, Charlotte will make her official society debut at the traditional Red Cross Ball.
  • Every female should look forward to their debut into Polite Society with optimism and dreams.


[no object, with adverbial]
1Perform in public for the first time: the Rolling Stones debuted at the Marquee
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  • Pavarotti debuted at the Met in 1968, and performed in 20 roles in a total of 373 performances.
  • Political comic Will Durst debuts on AlterNet with some thoughts on the possible advantages of the disappearing ozone layer.
  • My friend Gabe (who debuts on Broadway in The Lion King on Feb.2-yay!) is supposed to be in Save the Last Dance with Julia Stiles.
1.1(Of a new product) be launched: the model is expected to debut at $19,000
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  • The pricey product debuts in Japan on Sept. 1 for about $1,700.
  • Leica's new LRF - 800 laser rangefinder was one of the most exciting new products to debut at the SHOT Show.
  • She is also currently developing her own television series, plus her own range of products which will debut on the Home Shopping Channel in the United States.
1.2 [with object] (Of a company) launch (a new product): the company is to debut new software
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  • The company debuted his original oils at Artexpo New York in March and plans to start a print program in the near future.
  • Virgin Galactic, the first commercial space tourism operator, is giving away a seat into space when the company debuts its commercial space service in two to three years.
  • Spode's Christmas Tree pattern became an instant classic when the legendary English China company debuted the line in 1938.


Mid 18th century: from French début, from débuter 'lead off'.

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