journeyman

[ jur-nee-muh n ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. journalism,
  2. journalist,
  3. journalistic,
  4. journalize,
  5. journey,
  6. journeywork,
  7. journo,
  8. joust,
  9. jouve,
  10. jouy print

Origin of journeyman

1425–75; late Middle English journeman, equivalent to journee a day's work (see journey) + man man1

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British Dictionary definitions for journeymen

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

Word Origin for journeyman

C15: from journey (in obsolete sense: a day's work) + man

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Word Origin and History for journeymen

journeyman

n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for journeymen

journeyman

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

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