- 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.
Origin of journeyman
Examples from the Web for journeymen
Of the three other corpses, two were journeymen hatters; the third was not identified.The Fortune of the Rougons
The journeymen were inquisitive where I had been, what sort of a country it was, and how I lik'd it.Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Apprentices, journeymen and masters, we should suffer no more.Sophisms of the Protectionists
The journeymen were delighted to see him, and they were very inquisitive.The Printer Boy.
William M. Thayer
He was too effeminate to control his journeymen, and his shop was not well ordered.Make or Break
- 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 and History for journeymen
"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.