November 16, 2013
debut (noun)
\DAY-byoo\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a first public appearance2 : a formal entrance into society
How do you use it?
One of the most popular dolls ever made, Barbie made her debut on store shelves in 1959.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of these words do you think comes from the same root word as "debut"?

No, it's not the "butt" you're sitting on. It's the "butt" that means a person who is made fun of, as in "the butt of a joke." That "butt" and "debut" have a common ancestor in "but," a word French-speakers in the Middle Ages used to mean either "starting point" or "goal." French speakers eventually modified "but" to form "debuter," meaning "to begin." "Debuter" later gave rise to "debut," a term that made its debut in English around 1750.
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