noun, plural jour·ney·men.
- jouy print
Origin of journeyman
Examples from the Web for journeymen
Masters, journeymen, and apprentices were ranked one above another, but those of the same grade were equals.Guilds in the Middle Ages|George Renard
I entered Skelton's (the tailor's) shop with the journeymen.Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II|Various
Journeymen traveled to see the work of their craft in other towns.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
At all events, his journeymen could live on what he paid them.
Five of the men dragged the mare to the fire, and began to cut up the carcass as dexterously as any journeymen butchers in Paris.Farewell|Honore de Balzac
noun plural -men
Word Origin 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.
A skilled artisan who works on hire for master artisans rather than for himself.