1. One who is new in any business, profession, or calling; one unacquainted or unskilled; one yet in the rudiments; a beginner; a tyro. I am young; a novice in the trade. (Dryden)
2. One newly received into the church, or one newly converted to the Christian faith.
3. One who enters a religious house, whether of monks or nuns, as a probationist. No poore cloisterer, nor no novys. (Chaucer)
Origin: F, from L. Novicius, novitius, new, from novus new. See New, and cf. Novitious.