Definition of debut in English:

debut

Syllabification: de·but
Pronunciation: /dāˈbyo͞o
 
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noun

  • 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’.
    Synonyms
    first appearance, first performance, launch, coming out, entrance, premiere, introduction, inception, inauguration
    informal kickoff
  • 1.1The first public appearance of a new product or presentation of a theatrical show: the car makes its world debut
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    • Both products will make their official public debut during the Electronic Entertainment Expo next week.
    • Time from concept to product debut was just 18 months.
    • For many, Apple's approach represented the single greatest ad debut for a new product ever.
  • 1.2 [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?
  • 1.3 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.

verb

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  • 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.

Origin

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

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