Pronunciation: (nov'is), [key]
1. a person who is new to the circumstances, work, etc., in which he or she is placed; beginner; tyro: a novice in politics.
2. a person who has been received into a religious order or congregation for a period of probation before taking vows.
3. a person newly become a church member.
4. a recent convert to Christianity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.