• Cheerful Beginner
    Cheerful Beginner
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n beginner a person who founds or establishes some institution "George Washington is the father of his country"
    • n beginner someone new to a field or activity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Beginner One who begins or originates anything. Specifically: A young or inexperienced practitioner or student; a tyro. "A sermon of a new beginner ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beginner One who begins or originates; one who starts or first leads off; an author or originator.
    • n beginner One beginning to learn or practise; a novice; a tyro: as, “a sermon of a new beginner,” Swift.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Beginner one who begins: one who is beginning to learn or practise anything
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  • Charles H. Parkhurst
    Charles H. Parkhurst
    “Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.”
  • Barbara Sher
    “You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.”
  • Shunryu Suzuki
    Shunryu Suzuki
    “In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.”
  • Robin G. Collingwood
    Robin G. Collingwood
    “A man ceases to be a beginner in any given science and becomes a master in that science when he has learned that he is going to be a beginner all his life.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. beginnan (more usually onginnan), from be, and ginnan, to begin.


In literature:

He has deserved it, I confess; but, for once, let his ignorance plead his pardon; we must not discourage a beginner.
"The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Among them were Reber, Gounod, and Gouvy, and even beginners like Georges Bizet and myself.
"Musical Memories" by Camille Saint-Saëns
But I see among my audience several beginners in singing, and I beg to be allowed a word to them.
"Piano and Song" by Friedrich Wieck
Our beginner is not likely to make use of, or to want, such maps as these.
"Half-hours with the Telescope" by Richard A. Proctor
Beattie, as a beginner in the spiritual life, had made this still not uncommon mistake.
"Samuel Rutherford and some of his correspondents" by Alexander Whyte
The wages paid beginners in the department stores are fair as compared with other industries employing the same grade of help.
"Wage Earning and Education" by R. R. Lutz
Beginners, therefore, must not be too sanguine when their bold attempts promise well.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Photography is an art that looks to be easier than it is, but some beginners add to their difficulties by inexcusable carelessness.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XII, Jan. 3, 1891" by Various
But a beginner had better walk before he tries to soar.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
And here the beginner is often at a loss.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells

In poetry:

The year begins with Thee,
And Thou beginn'st with woe,
To let the world of sinners see
That blood for sin must flow.
"The Circumcision Of Christ" by John Keble
My tender age in sorrow did beginne;
And still with sicknesses and shame
Thou didst so punish sinne,
That I became
Most thinne.
"Easter Wings" by George Herbert
O were she younger still,
Or more than a beginner,
I might control my troubled will,
Or give it rein and win her:
But now she is nor good nor ill.
"Grata Juventas" by Alfred Austin
A SOLDIER. If thou honorest those who serve thee,
Thus, to me the first beginner
Of the tumult through the land,
Who from out the tower, thy prison,
Drew thee forth, what wilt thou give?
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Bucks County Academy of Fencing is offering Taste of Fencing courses for beginners at two locations beginning this month.
The Old Fiddlers' Club of Rhode Island will sponsor a course of approximately six fiddle classes in Willimantic for beginners in late October.
Now, after a day some might call "beginner's luck," the Leslie High School freshman has changed her tune.
These beginner-friendly recipes will have you turning out sweet, timeless desserts in a flash.
A Beginner's Guide to Fuss Budgeting, Part 1.
In 'Beginners,' A Gay Man Comes Out Late In Life.
The evening will begin with Beginner's Corner led by Barbara Fulton, who is an experienced genealogist and teacher of family history research.
Good for beginners and those of us who have been exercising for a while and want some variety.
Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram Yoga, designed his beginner's yoga class for people of all ages and fitness levels.
EMS medical directors have had little guidance in the past, but several groups have now filled this void with an official beginner's handbook .
Tool brand Craftsman is engaged in an online search for a handyman to transform from rank beginner to respected DIYer.
This model kit is made for modelers of intermediate or better skills — beginners may find the instructions and design do not provide sufficient guidance.
Mozilla launched Thimble, a new Mozilla Webmaker project to bring Web programming to beginners by making HTML coding "incredibly simple.".
Instructor Betty Ann Bruno is beginning fall classes at Vintage House senior center, where students can take beginner, intermediate and advanced classes on Fridays.
We were all beginners once.

In science:

Frank Morgan, Geometric Measure Theory: a Beginner's Guide.
The Levy-Gromov Isoperimetric Inequality in Convex Manifolds with Boundary
Frank Morgan, Riemannian Geometry: a Beginner's Guide, A. K.
The Levy-Gromov Isoperimetric Inequality in Convex Manifolds with Boundary
The exposition as originally written still seems more suitable for beginners.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
Kac, Vertex Algebras for Beginners, University Lecture Series 10, Amer.
Quantum vertex $C((t))$-algebras and quantum affine algebras
Bosonization for beginners — refermionization for experts.
Entanglement Entropy in Many-Fermion System