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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: début, from débuter 'to begin', from but 'starting point'


1 noun
de‧but1 [countable]
the first public appearance of an entertainer, sports player etc or of something new and important
somebody's debut
He made his Major League debut as shortstop.
film/acting/directorial etc debut
His Broadway debut was 'The Scarlet Pimpernel'.
debut album/CD/single etc
Their debut album was recorded in 1991.
debut match/performance etc
He scored in his debut match for the club.

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