- a person who works for another in order to learn a trade: an apprentice to a plumber.
- History/Historical. a person legally bound through indenture to a master craftsman in order to learn a trade.
- a learner; novice; tyro.
- U.S. Navy. an enlisted person receiving specialized training.
- a jockey with less than one year's experience who has won fewer than 40 races.
- to bind to or place with an employer, master craftsman, or the like, for instruction in a trade.
- to serve as an apprentice: He apprenticed for 14 years under a master silversmith.
Origin of apprentice
Related Words for apprenticepupil, flunky, rook, tenderfoot, beginner, novitiate, neophyte, newcomer, heel, student, rookie, amateur, tyro, starter, greenhorn, probationer
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Contemporary Examples of apprentice
Cocker, for his part, worked briefly as an apprentice gasfitter but decided to take the plunge into the world of commercial music.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
Now, the onetime Lloyd Kaufman/Troma apprentice is the toast of Tinseltown.‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Filmmaker James Gunn on His Glorious Space Opera and Rise to the A-List
August 3, 2014
In 1966 Browne joined BP as an apprentice; his postings with them bought him to the US.BP, Putin, and the Power of Oil
March 9, 2014
While Trump has The Apprentice on NBC, Morris and Palin have recently been fired from Fox News.At CPAC, Calls for Fresh Ideas Are Followed by the Same Stale Shtick
March 17, 2013
Even reality-TV shows such as The Apprentice and Survivor are fodder for the modern college student.‘50 Shades of Grey’ Is the Subject of a Course at American University
Rachel Kramer Bussel
December 28, 2012
Historical Examples of apprentice
The Assistant Commissioner interrupted the apprentice statesman.The Secret Agent
His son William has been with me this winter, and goes in May to be an apprentice to a mason.The Letters of Robert Burns
The chauffeur began to supply the wants of his machine with the help of an apprentice.A Nest of Spies
I understood, Marzak, that thou art sailing with us as apprentice.The Sea-Hawk
The apprentice's face appeared to me to say all that, and he had an honest face.
- someone who works for a skilled or qualified person in order to learn a trade or profession, esp for a recognized period
- any beginner or novice
- (tr) to take, place, or bind as an apprentice
Word Origin for apprentice
c.1300, from Old French aprentiz "someone learning" (13c., Modern French apprenti, taking the older form as a plural), also as an adjective, "unskilled, inexperienced," from aprendre (Modern French apprendre) "to learn; to teach," contracted from Latin apprehendere (see apprehend). Shortened form prentice long was more usual in English.
1630s, from apprentice (n.). Related: Apprenticed; apprenticing.