neophyte(nee-uh-fahyt) noun 1. a beginner or novice. 2. In Roman Catholic Church, a novice. 3. a person newly converted to a belief, as a heathen, heretic, or nonbeliever; proselyte. 4. In early Church, a person newly baptized.Origin: 1540–50: Latin,neophytus,newly planted, derived from the Greek, neóphytos.
Some argue that Sen. Barack Obama is a neophyte to national politics. But that isn't stopping him from weighing a run for the White House in 2008.