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.
- ap·pren·tice·ship, noun
- un·ap·pren·ticed, adjective
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How to use apprentice in a sentence
Likewise the English immigrant John is 11 when he goes off to be apprenticed.
Moriyama, among the photographers most widely exhibited in the U.S., had apprenticed to both Hosoe and Tomatsu.
Jessica, a pro-domme in her late twenties, apprenticed at a dungeon before striking out on her own.
They gave him a University education, and afterwards apprenticed him to the law.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
They refused to make one who had been lawfully apprenticed to the trade in Shrewsbury free of their company.The Influence and Development of English Gilds | Francis Aiden Hibbert
Surely she must have been one of the angels fallen from Heaven and apprenticed in Hell!A German Pompadour | Marie Hay
At last the father yielded, and the son was apprenticed to a painter,--a degradation in the eyes of Mediaeval aristocracy.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI | John Lord
To be apprenticed then was to be absolutely indentured; to belong to the master for a term of years.Steam Steel and Electricity | James W. Steele
British Dictionary definitions for apprentice
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
- apprenticeship, noun
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