• A beginner or novice.

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Example Sentences

“She was still a tyro in pottery, so her jars always came out slightly misshapen.”

“Tyro investors should ease into the market by cautiously investing small amounts of money.”

“I look forward to tracking the young tyro’s progress through the ranks of figure skating.”

Word Origin

Latin, early 17th century

Why this word?

“Tyro” appeared in late Middle English, coming from the Latin “tiro” or the medieval “tyro,” both meaning “recruit” or “young soldier.” Writers in the 17th and 18th centuries expanded this original definition to describe people who are novices in all kinds of occupations. More modern usages place the word as an attributive noun, which describes another noun immediately following it. For instance, for a tyro karateka (karate practitioner), it takes roughly three to five years of consistent practice to earn a black belt.

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