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ap·​pren·​tice ə-ˈpren-təs How to pronounce apprentice (audio)
often attributive
: 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
: 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
: an inexperienced person : novice
an apprentice in cooking


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apprenticed; apprenticing

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 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
This educational arm prepares its apprentices for the American Culinary Federation certification. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 9 May 2024 Created exactly 30 years ago by the Institut Horlogerie Cartier, the prize recognizes apprentice watchmakers in Switzerland, France, Germany, and as of this year, Belgium. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for apprentice 

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


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


1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of apprentice was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Apprentice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ap·​pren·​tice ə-ˈprent-əs How to pronounce apprentice (audio)
: a person who is learning a trade or art by experience under a skilled worker


2 of 2 verb
apprenticed; apprenticing
: to set at work as an apprentice

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