début (plural débuts)
- (chiefly of public perfomers) A person’s or thing’s first appearance before society or another audience; one’s “maiden voyage”.
- To make one's début.
- (applicable to all senses) On first reading by a person unfamiliar with this term, debut may be mispronounced [dɪˈbʌt] (cf. rebut) if it is written without the disambiguating acute accent.
- “‖début, n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]
- ^ A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by H. W. Fowler (1926; Oxford at the Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford), page 104
début, débutant(e). Début can only be pronounced as French […]
- The Oxford English Dictionary defines début but does not list debut.
From Middle French, derivative of desbuter (“to move, begin”), from des- + but (“mark, goal”), from Old French but (“aim, goal, end, target”), either from Old French butte (“mound, knoll, target”), from Frankish *but (“stump, log”), or from Old Norse bútr (“log, stump, butt”); both from Proto-Germanic *butą (“end, piece”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰÀud- (“to beat, push”). Cognate with Old English butt (“tree stump”). More at English butt.
début m (plural débuts)