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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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  • He and his 'prentices were all at the broad-sword exercise in the hall as I came by.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Death to all masters, life to all 'prentices, and love to all fair damsels.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • To these the prentices were joined, and every street and every lane in London ran a river of men.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • This was a London mob, prentices and artisans for the most part.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • The prentices and men of London are killing Flemish weavers, sire, not far away. '

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • The music of this episode, especially the 'prentices' chorus, is bright and graceful.

  • The 'prentices of Cheapside were a conspicuous feature of the street at this period.

    Bygone London Frederick Ross
  • Go, or I will call my father, to have his 'prentices throw you into the street!

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • "He hath arrived from the Tower," whispered the 'prentices to one another.

    The Tangled Skein Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • But Mrs. prentices expression of countenance was swiftly changing.

British Dictionary definitions for prentices


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



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

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