novice

n.

  1. One who is new in any business, profession, or calling; one unacquainted or unskilled; one yet in the rudiments; a beginner; a tyro.
  2. One newly received into the church, or one newly converted to the Christian faith.
  3. One who enters a religious house, whether of monks or nuns, as a probationist.

a.

  1. Like a novice; becoming a novice.