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apprentice

[uh-pren-tis]
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noun
  1. a person who works for another in order to learn a trade: an apprentice to a plumber.
  2. History/Historical. a person legally bound through indenture to a master craftsman in order to learn a trade.
  3. a learner; novice; tyro.
  4. U.S. Navy. an enlisted person receiving specialized training.
  5. a jockey with less than one year's experience who has won fewer than 40 races.
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verb (used with object), ap·pren·ticed, ap·pren·tic·ing.
  1. to bind to or place with an employer, master craftsman, or the like, for instruction in a trade.
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verb (used without object), ap·pren·ticed, ap·pren·tic·ing.
  1. to serve as an apprentice: He apprenticed for 14 years under a master silversmith.
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Origin of apprentice

1300–50; Middle English ap(p)rentis < Anglo-French, Old French ap(p)rentiz < Vulgar Latin *apprenditīcius, equivalent to *apprendit(us) (for Latin apprehēnsus; see apprehensible) + Latin -īcius suffix forming adjectives from past participles, here nominalized
Related formsap·pren·tice·ship, nounun·ap·pren·ticed, adjective
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  • Born at Champagne, in Lorraine, of poor parents, he was first apprenticed to a pastrycook.

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    Samuel Smiles

  • "You couldn't be wicked if you was apprenticed to the Old Harry for ten years, Zoeth," he said.

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    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • As soon as I had passed my fourteenth birthday I was apprenticed to Madama.

  • On the completion of his studies, John Burton was apprenticed to a writer in Aberdeen.

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    John Hill Burton

  • In his sixteenth year he apprenticed himself to a stone-mason.


British Dictionary definitions for apprenticed

apprentice

noun
  1. someone who works for a skilled or qualified person in order to learn a trade or profession, esp for a recognized period
  2. any beginner or novice
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verb
  1. (tr) to take, place, or bind as an apprentice
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Derived Formsapprenticeship, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French aprentis, from Old French aprendre to learn, from Latin apprehendere to apprehend
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Word Origin and History for apprenticed

apprentice

n.

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.

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apprentice

v.

1630s, from apprentice (n.). Related: Apprenticed; apprenticing.

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