noun, ap·pren·tice 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


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