apprentice

noun, often attributive
ap·​pren·​tice | \ ə-ˈpren-təs How to pronounce apprentice (audio) \

Definition of apprentice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one bound by indenture (see indenture entry 1 sense 1a(3)) 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 a carpenter's apprentice — compare journeyman sense 1, master entry 1 sense 1c
2 : an inexperienced person : novice an apprentice in cooking

apprentice

verb
apprenticed; apprenticing

Definition of apprentice (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from apprentice

Noun

apprenticeship \ -​tə(sh)-​ˌship How to pronounce apprenticeship (audio) , -​təs-​ˌship \ noun

Examples of apprentice in a Sentence

Noun

decided to be an apprentice to an electrician after he graduated aware that she's only an apprentice in the medical field, she readily defers to her more experienced colleagues

Verb

He apprenticed with a master carpenter for two years.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mr Sellick predicts that within three years a third of those studying at Henley could be apprentices. The Economist, "Britain’s apprenticeship levy is causing a boom in MBAs," 24 May 2018 Two years later, Hanson went to a mural studio across the street from her school and asked to be an apprentice. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Waterway Arts Festival featured artist Erin Hanson excited about festival," 17 Mar. 2018 But as of last autumn apprentices at the AMRC have been able to study for degree courses. The Economist, "A welcome upgrade to apprenticeships," 12 July 2018 Local teaching staff Brandon Hawkins and Tiara Harmon will lead a team of eight youth apprentices. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "A dozen new designs will transform Cincinnati streets this summer," 7 June 2018 Nevertheless, even after retiring, Shan worked tirelessly to promote pingshu among young Chinese, mentoring apprentices and starting a school dedicated to the folk arts. Amy Qin, The Seattle Times, "Shan Tianfang, a superstar of Chinese storytelling, dies at 83," 17 Sep. 2018 Her best singing came in duet with Houston Grand Opera Studio alumna Jamie Barton as Norma’s apprentice and unwitting romantic rival, Adalgisa. Eric Skelly, Houston Chronicle, "Review: HGO’s ‘Norma’ is grand, but lead can’t ‘Let It Go’," 1 May 2018 Wooden lattice windows made of thin wooden beams in a grid pattern create a lace effect that is in perfect harmony with the elegant 'maiko' (apprentice geisha) dancers, who can often be seen taking a stroll through the area. Scott Gilman, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Japan," 5 Oct. 2016 Since then, the now 27-year-old Lewiston resident started working as an apprentice electrician at Clearwater Paper. Justyna Tomtas, idahostatesman, "After 7 years, Idaho Marine is soon to be reunited with his bomb-sniffing dog," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Among the many strong ties between the two programs, Cal coach Justin Wilcox notably apprenticed under UW coach Chris Petersen for four years at Boise State. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Former Washington walk-on Hayden Schuh now bleeds blue as a grad assistant with the Cal Bears," 25 Oct. 2018 She was trained at Central Saint Martins and apprenticed under the Savile Row tailor Edward Sexton. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will Princess Eugenie Wear a Stella McCartney Wedding Gown Down the Aisle Today?," 12 Oct. 2018 To demonstrate our fillets’ versatility Chef Loomis, a Michigander who trained by apprenticing in restaurants and who joined Top of the Market following a stint at the Gaslamp’s Searsucker, chose first to sear and then roast both fish. Nicole Sours Larson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "White fish & vegetables," 9 July 2018 That’s a powerful concept for Amirah Mitchell, 25, who’s been apprenticing under Taylor since April. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "Truelove prizes seeds and stories from around the world," 2 July 2018 Soon apprenticed as an apothecary, Arnold eventually set up his own general-goods shop in New Haven and, with an eye to the main chance, began making merchant voyages to Canada and the West Indies. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold’ and ‘Turncoat’ Review: His Own Worst Enemy," 24 May 2018 Webster’s own connection comes through her father, a stone carver who apprenticed with artist Edmund Kara, one of the central figures in Big Sur’s bohemian-Hollywood connection. Wallace Baine, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why did Old Hollywood celebs love Big Sur so much?," 31 May 2018 Anyway, Virgil’s credentials aren’t from prestigious fashion schools or years apprenticing in Parisian ateliers. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "Our Favorite Moments from Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton Debut," 21 June 2018 Patricia played offensive line in college (much like Caldwell played defensive back before moving primarily to the offensive side as a coach) and apprenticed under one of the top defensive minds of this generation in Bill Belichick. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Lions Matt Patricia's mind can help QB Matthew Stafford," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of apprentice

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for apprentice

Noun and Verb

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

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apprentice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apprentice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

apprentice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of apprentice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) an apprentice
: to work as an apprentice

apprentice

noun
ap·​pren·​tice | \ ə-ˈpren-təs How to pronounce apprentice (audio) \

Kids Definition of apprentice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

apprentice

verb
apprenticed; apprenticing

Kids Definition of apprentice (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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