noun, plural Wan·der·jah·re [vahn-duhr-yah-ruh] /ˈvɑn dərˌyɑ rə/. German.
  1. a year or period of travel, especially following one's schooling and before practicing a profession.
  2. (formerly) a year in which an apprentice traveled and improved his skills before settling down to the practice of his trade.
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noun plural -jahre (-jaːrə)
  1. (formerly) a year in which an apprentice travelled to improve his skills

Word Origin for Wanderjahr

German, literally: wander year
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