- 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 apprenticeshipdiscipline, information, direction, guidance, training, schooling, preparation, teaching, lesson, trial, instruction, culture, cultivation, learning, reading, tutoring, coaching, literacy, scholarship, apprenticeship
Examples from the Web for apprenticeship
Contemporary Examples of apprenticeship
This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship.'We Will Recover'
February 25, 2009
Historical Examples of apprenticeship
At the expiration of his apprenticeship, in 1832, he came to Ohio.Cleveland Past and Present
As far as I can make out the period of apprenticeship is much too long.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Of his apprenticeship, and the first years of his career, no records exist.
Elsie smiled, and disclaimed any intention of apprenticeship.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He liked the work just as little as he had in the beginning of his apprenticeship.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- 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.