apprentice

noun, often attributive
ap·​pren·​tice | \ə-ˈpren-təs \

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, -​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

According to the Palace, Will and Kate will be meeting with new apprentices today, in addition to hearing from recent graduates and learning about how the programs are helping Essex as a whole engage with the world of sports. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore a Gray Blazer and Black Jeans to Visit Coach Core," 30 Oct. 2018 Indoors, the couple got to meet with young apprentices in the program. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Adorably Met Kids at Coach Core in Essex," 30 Oct. 2018 Other rumors point out that Snoke supposedly trained another apprentice who could make an appearance in IX. Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars Episode IX," 17 Sep. 2018 The former executive chef and general manager at Canton’s Cardinal Tavern is serving as an apprentice at two Baltimore County farms, and recently launched a catering business and farmstead. Sarah Meehan, Washington Post, "A training program for new farmers is teaching its biggest class yet," 30 June 2018 The Duke and Duchess got to meet with some of the apprentices and participate in a few activities with them. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Oscar de la Renta and Altuzarra at the Coach Core Awards," 24 Sep. 2018 The former executive chef and general manager at Canton’s Cardinal Tavern is serving as an apprentice at two Baltimore County farms, and recently launched a catering business and farmstead. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "A training program for new farmers is teaching its biggest class yet," 28 June 2018 He was honorably discharged with the rank of fireman apprentice. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Brian F. Dolan, 45, Philadelphia firefighter and Navy veteran," 14 May 2018 When Luther goes to the big racket in the sky, the junior grifter Johnny Hooker (J. Harrison Ghee) flees to Chicago and apprentices himself to Henry Gondorff (Mr. Connick), once the king of cons and now a whorehouse drunk. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: Con Men in Tap Shoes Lay Down ‘The Sting’," 9 Apr. 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

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

Verb

see apprentice entry 1

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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 \

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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