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[jur-nee-muh n] /ˈdʒɜr ni mən/
noun, plural journeymen.
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
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English journeman, equivalent to journee a day's work (see journey) + man man1 Unabridged
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  • At first he had no journeyman or apprentice, and he cut the tree for his own timber.

  • To-morrow—that is to say, when I am a journeyman—I will go my own way.

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland Hans Christian Andersen
  • I will not allow myself to be used by these lords of the earth as a journeyman, to whom the masters assign work for scanty pay.

  • He came to the neighbourhood of Kingston first, and worked as a journeyman.

    The Log House by the Lake William H. G. Kingston
  • There can be no becoming friendship between the future Lady Lovel and a journeyman tailor.

    Lady Anna Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for journeyman


noun (pl) -men
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
C15: from journey (in obsolete sense: a day's work) + man
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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.

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journeyman in Culture

journeyman definition

A skilled artisan who works on hire for master artisans rather than for himself.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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