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Tyro

[TY-ro]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, 17th century

1.

A beginner or novice.

Examples of Tyro in a sentence

"She was a tyro podcaster when it came to production but always chose great subject matter."

"Tyro investors should ease into the market by investing small amounts of money."

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About Tyro

This word hails from Middle English, originating from the Latin “tiro” or the medieval Latin “tyro,” meaning “recruit” or “young soldier.”

Did you Know?

Writers in the 17th and 18th centuries expanded the use of “tyro” from its Latin origins — when it meant “recruit” or “young soldier” — to describe people in all kinds of occupations. More modern iterations use the word as an attributive noun, which is one that describes another noun immediately following it (i.e. a tyro programmer).

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