- a person who has served an apprenticeship at a trade or handicraft and is certified to work at it assisting or under another person.
- any experienced, competent but routine worker or performer.
- a person hired to do work for another, usually for a day at a time.
Origin of journeyman
Examples from the Web for journeyman
He'll be played by Grahame Fox, a journeyman Welsh actor who's appeared on the U.K. soap EastEnders and the TV series Casualty.Meet Game of Thrones’ Sexy New Season 4 Cast: The Red Viper, Porn Stars, and More
April 4, 2014
To play the character, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss cast Pedro Pascal, a journeyman Chilean-American actor.Meet the Red Viper: Pedro Pascal on Game of Thrones’ Kinky, Bisexual Hellraiser
March 26, 2014
Journeyman players whose only skill is total disregard for their bodies become legends, albeit short-term ones.Buzz Bissinger on the NFL’s No Good, Very Bad Season
January 2, 2013
And journeyman Swedish golfer Johan Edfors, who attended the University of Texas San Antonio, is really no match here.March Madness: Which Celebrity Alumni Will Win?
March 17, 2011
“I was a journeyman chef of middling abilities,” Bourdain admits.America's Bad Boy Chef
June 13, 2010
He was dressed simply, like a journeyman artist, whose hands are white.The Dream
On completing his education in this business, he worked for a time as a journeyman.
His first situation, as a journeyman, was in Rochester, New York.
The visit of the journeyman printer had been of great value.The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men</p>
Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
On the expiry of his apprenticeship he worked for some time as a journeyman plumber.
- a craftsman, artisan, etc, who is qualified to work at his trade in the employment of another
- a competent workman
- (formerly) a worker hired on a daily wage
Word Origin and History for journeyman
"qualified worker at a craft or trade who works for wages for another" (a position between apprentice and master), early 15c., from journey (n.), preserving the etymological sense of the word, + man (n.). Figurative depricatory sense of "hireling, drudge" is from 1540s. Its American English colloquial shortening jour (adj.) is attested from 1835.
A skilled artisan who works on hire for master artisans rather than for himself.