noun, often attributive \ə-ˈpren-təs\

: 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

Full Definition of APPRENTICE

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
:  an inexperienced person :  novice <an apprentice in cooking>
ap·pren·tice·ship \-tə(sh)-ˌship, -təs-ˌship\ noun

Examples of APPRENTICE

  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>


Middle English aprentis, from Anglo-French apprentiz, from aprendre to learn, from Latin apprendere, apprehendere
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Job Terms

factotum, milliner, ostler, scrivener, tinker, webster, wordsmith

Rhymes with APPRENTICE



: to make (someone) an apprentice

: to work as an apprentice


Full Definition of APPRENTICE

transitive verb
:  to set at work as an apprentice; especially :  to bind to an apprenticeship by contract or indenture
intransitive verb
:  to serve as an apprentice

Examples of APPRENTICE

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

First Known Use of APPRENTICE


Other Job Terms

factotum, milliner, ostler, scrivener, tinker, webster, wordsmith


Next Word in the Dictionary: apprenticeage
Previous Word in the Dictionary: apprehensive
All Words Near: apprentice

Seen & Heard

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

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More