Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

apprentice

play
noun, often attributive ap·pren·tice \ə-ˈpren-təs\

Simple Definition of apprentice

  • : a person who learns a job or skill by working for a fixed period of time for someone who is very good at that job or skill

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of apprentice

  1. 1 a :  one bound by indenture to serve another for a prescribed period with a view to learning an art or trade b :  one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art, or calling

  2. 2 :  an inexperienced person :  novice <an apprentice in cooking>

apprenticeshipplay \-tə(sh)-ˌship, -təs-ˌship\ noun

Examples of apprentice in a sentence

  1. <decided to be an apprentice to an electrician after he graduated>

  2. <aware that she's only an apprentice in the medical field, she readily defers to her more experienced colleagues>



Origin of apprentice

Middle English aprentis, from Anglo-French apprentiz, from aprendre to learn, from Latin apprendere, apprehendere


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with apprentice


2

apprentice

verb ap·pren·tice

Simple Definition of apprentice

  • : to make (someone) an apprentice

  • : to work as an apprentice

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of apprentice

apprenticedapprenticing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to set at work as an apprentice; especially :  to bind to an apprenticeship by contract or indenture

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to serve as an apprentice

Examples of apprentice in a sentence

  1. He apprenticed with a master carpenter for two years.



1596

First Known Use of apprentice

1596



APPRENTICE Defined for Kids

1

apprentice

play
noun ap·pren·tice \ə-ˈpren-təs\

Definition of apprentice for Students

  1. :  a person who is learning a trade or art by experience under a skilled worker




2

apprentice

play
verb ap·pren·tice

Definition of apprentice for Students

apprenticedapprenticing

  1. :  to set at work as an apprentice <He was apprenticed to a carpenter.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up apprentice? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to expose to danger or risk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ