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[pren-tis] /ˈprɛn tɪs/
noun, verb, Informal.
Origin of prentice
1250-1300; Middle English; aphetic form of apprentice
Related forms
underprentice, noun


[pren-tis] /ˈprɛn tɪs/
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • Lucas spoke to him in Flemish to explain his own return with the English prentice.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • At these dread words the 'prentice bowed once more, and so withdrew as he had come.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Gabriel folded his arms, which were now at liberty, and eyed his old 'prentice in silence.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • I am, for I never expected to rise to this w'en I was a milliner's 'prentice in London.'

    Sarah's School Friend

    May Baldwin
  • Miss prentice, the principal, never seemed to be interested in Nancy.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe
  • She was to telegraph back to Miss prentice when she arrived at Cincinnati.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe
  • If the ringer was late the prentice boys reminded him pretty plainly.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • I used to hear Ben Franklin say things like that when he was a 'prentice lad.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • Try your 'prentice hand on contributions to the smaller publications.

    If You Don't Write Fiction Charles Phelps Cushing
British Dictionary definitions for prentice


an archaic word for apprentice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for prentice

c.1300, shortened form of apprentice (n.). As a verb from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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