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journeyman

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noun jour·ney·man \-mən\

Simple Definition of journeyman

  • : a worker who learns a skill and then works for another person

  • : a worker, performer, or athlete who is experienced and good but not excellent

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of journeyman

  1. 1 :  a worker who has learned a trade and works for another person usually by the day

  2. 2 :  an experienced reliable worker, athlete, or performer especially as distinguished from one who is brilliant or colorful <a good journeyman trumpeter — New Yorker> <a journeyman outfielder>

Did You Know?

The "journey" in journeyman refers to a sense of this familiar word not often used anymore: "a day's labor." This sense of journey was first used in the 14th century. When journeyman appeared the following century, it originally referred to a person who, having learned a handicraft or trade through an apprenticeship, worked for daily wages. In the 16th century, journeyman picked up a figurative (and mainly deprecatory) sense; namely, "one who drudges for another." These days, however, journeyman has little to do with drudgery, and lots to do with knowing a trade inside out.

Origin of journeyman

Middle English, from journey journey, a day's labor + man


First Known Use: 15th century


JOURNEYMAN Defined for Kids

journeyman

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noun jour·ney·man \ˈjər-nē-mən\

Definition of journeyman for Students

plural journeymen \-mən\

  1. :  a worker who has learned a trade and usually works for another person by the day





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