Meaning of debut


A debut is a first appearance, a launch, or public introduction. So before you make your big debut at the office, check and make sure you don’t have spinach in your teeth.

Perhaps you’ve heard of debutantes making their official debut into society, or actresses and actors making their debut on stage. A fun fact: debut and premiere are often thought to be interchangeable, but they’re not. A debut, as you now know, is a first public appearance. But a premiere, while also a “first,” isn’t necessarily live. When a movie opens or an interview is broadcast for the first time, they’re called premieres.

Definitions of debut
  1. noun

    the act of beginning something new

    “they looked forward to the
    debut of their new product line”

    entry, first appearance, introduction, launching, unveiling

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    the act of bringing about something (especially at an early time)
    product introduction

    the introduction (usually by an advertising campaign) of a new product or product line
    ushering in

    the introduction of something new
    naturalisation, naturalization

    the introduction of animals or plants to places where they flourish but are not indigenous
    induction of labor

    (obstetrics) inducing the childbirth process artificially by administering oxytocin or by puncturing the amniotic sac

    the induction of sleep or hypnosis
    type of:

    beginning, commencement, start

    the act of starting something

  2. noun

    the presentation of a debutante in society

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    intro, introduction, presentation

    formally making a person known to another or to the public

  3. verb

    appear for the first time in public

    “The new ballet that
    debuts next months at Covent Garden, is already sold out”
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    be performed or presented for public viewing

  4. verb

    make one’s debut

    “This young soprano
    debuts next month at the Metropolitan Opera”
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    give a performance (of something)

  5. verb

    present for the first time to the public

    “The band
    debuts a new song or two each month”
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    type of:

    innovate, introduce

    bring something new to an environment

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