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newcomer Line breaks: new|comer
Pronunciation: /ˈnjuːkʌmə/

Definition of newcomer in English:


1A person who has recently arrived in a place: she’s a newcomer to the area
More example sentences
  • There can be legitimate objections, as well as xenophobic ones, to a large number of newcomers arriving in a certain area.
  • Their bus was welcomed just like at any other time when newcomers arrived.
  • We must say goodbye to our friends and colleagues and prepare for the newcomers arriving soon.
(new) arrival, immigrant, settler, stranger, outsider, foreigner, alien, intruder, parvenu, interloper;
British incomer;
Northern English offcomer
Australian informal blow-in
1.1A novice in a particular activity or situation: a newcomer to federal politics Hill, one of England’s relative newcomers, gave them the lead
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  • Angie went diving once before in Florida, but John is a newcomer to the activity.
  • Imago, a relative newcomer to the league of regional journals, was born at a difficult time.
  • Reeve, a relative newcomer to showjumping, broke his neck in the worst place possible.
beginner, novice, learner, trainee, apprentice, probationer, new recruit, raw recruit, new member, tyro, initiate, neophyte;
novitiate, new boy/girl, proselyte
North American informal tenderfoot, greenhorn

Words that rhyme with newcomer

latecomer • agama

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