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journeyman

[ jur-nee-muhn ]
/ ˈdʒɜr ni mən /
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noun, plural jour·ney·men.

a person who has served an apprenticeship at a trade or handicraft and is certified to work at it assisting or under another person.
any experienced, competent but routine worker or performer.
a person hired to do work for another, usually for a day at a time.

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Origin of journeyman

1425–75; late Middle English journeman, equivalent to journee a day's work (see journey) + manman
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British Dictionary definitions for journeyman

journeyman
/ (ˈdʒɜːnɪmən) /

noun plural -men

a craftsman, artisan, etc, who is qualified to work at his trade in the employment of another
a competent workman
(formerly) a worker hired on a daily wage
C15: from journey (in obsolete sense: a day's work) + man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for journeyman

journeyman

A skilled artisan who works on hire for master artisans rather than for himself.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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