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[jur-nee-muh n]
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noun, plural jour·ney·men.
  1. a person who has served an apprenticeship at a trade or handicraft and is certified to work at it assisting or under another person.
  2. any experienced, competent but routine worker or performer.
  3. 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) + man man1
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tradesman, worker, artisan, craftsman

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British Dictionary definitions for journeyman


noun plural -men
  1. a craftsman, artisan, etc, who is qualified to work at his trade in the employment of another
  2. a competent workman
  3. (formerly) a worker hired on a daily wage
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Word Origin

C15: from journey (in obsolete sense: a day's work) + man
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Word Origin and History for journeyman


"qualified worker at a craft or trade who works for wages for another" (a position between apprentice and master), early 15c., from journey (n.), preserving the etymological sense of the word, + man (n.). Figurative depricatory sense of "hireling, drudge" is from 1540s. Its American English colloquial shortening jour (adj.) is attested from 1835.

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journeyman in Culture


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

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