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noun, verb Informal.
  1. apprentice.

Origin of prentice

1250–1300; Middle English; aphetic form of apprentice
Related formsun·der·pren·tice, noun


  1. a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for prentices

Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for prentices


  1. an archaic word for apprentice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for prentices



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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