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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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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for apprenticeship

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Historical Examples

  • At the expiration of his apprenticeship, in 1832, he came to Ohio.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for apprenticeship

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 apprenticeship

n.

1590s, from apprentice (n.) + -ship. Replaced earlier apprenticehood (late 14c., with -hood).

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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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