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Origin of prentice

1250–1300; Middle English; aphetic form of apprentice
Related formsun·der·pren·tice, noun


  1. a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of prentice

  • Lucas spoke to him in Flemish to explain his own return with the English prentice.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • At these dread words the 'prentice bowed once more, and so withdrew as he had come.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Gabriel folded his arms, which were now at liberty, and eyed his old 'prentice in silence.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • I am, for I never expected to rise to this w'en I was a milliner's 'prentice in London.'

  • Miss Prentice, the principal, never seemed to be interested in Nancy.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe

British Dictionary definitions for prentice


  1. an archaic word for apprentice
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

Word Origin and History for prentice

c.1300, shortened form of apprentice (n.). As a verb from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper