is a beginner. In the context of Christianity
, the term often refers to a newly ordained priest, a person who recently took a monastic vow, or a new convert to the religion.
In the Catholic and Orthodox Churches an adult convert is considered a neophyte for one year after conversion. Roman Catholic neophytes are considered full members of the Church, but may not act as sponsors for others planning to join.
In ecology, a neophyte is a plant species recently introduced to an area (in contrast to an archaeophyte, a long-established introduced species).
Neophyte may also refer to: