• to formally introduce, as to the public
  • to make one's initial formal appearance


  • From French début, from Middle French, derivative of débuter, from dé- + but, from Old French but ("aim, goal, end, target"), 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 *bʰeud- ("to beat, push"). Cognate with Old English butt ("tree stump"). More at butt.

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