Origin of prentice
1250–1300; Middle English; aphetic form of apprentice
- a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for prentices
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
To these the prentices were joined, and every street and every lane in London ran a river of men.
This was a London mob, prentices and artisans for the most part.
The prentices and men of London are killing Flemish weavers, sire, not far away. '
- an archaic word for apprentice
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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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