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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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 There are three levels of inspectors: apprentice, real estate and professional. Dallas News, "Real Estate 101," 6 Jan. 2020 Juxtaposition Arts, which is based in North Minneapolis, employs 70 young people ages 14-22 as art apprentices and offers free art classes for students ages 8-22. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Project for Pride in Living, Juxtaposition Arts share $400,000 from Bank of America," 7 Nov. 2019 Which turns the Silicon Valley experience on its head, with the Defense Department switching from paymaster to apprentice. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Air Force tech startup turns Silicon Valley history on its head," 13 Dec. 2019 Rozman arranged to apprentice with one of the early natural-wine-makers in the U.S., a wiry, philosophical sixty-four-year-old French-Israeli man named Gideon Beinstock. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, "How Natural Wine Became a Symbol of Virtuous Consumption," 18 Nov. 2019 Mack and Shrader, who met in the summer of 2007 as apprentices in San Francisco, remember sitting through a lecture on how to be a professional singer. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "The romantic leads in MN Opera’s ‘Barber of Seville’ are romantic offstage, too," 7 Nov. 2019 Conway worked to get his epilepsy under control and a few years later moved to the small town of Cheney, Washington, to apprentice as a motorcycle mechanic. Tim Requarth, Longreads, "The Final Five Percent," 22 Oct. 2019 But the transfer of knowledge from master to apprentice is also crucial, according to a new paper by Yifang Ma, Satyam Mukherjee and Brian Uzzi of Northwestern University. The Economist, "Protégés of Nobel laureates are more likely to thrive," 11 Oct. 2019 Students in the program will be able to earn credentials by taking college courses and will be paid for their work as apprentices, Lightfoot said. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Public Schools apprenticeship program designed to offer students path to careers signs up first business partners," 8 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Soleri, the late Italian architect, apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1940s and moved to Scottsdale in 1956. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Scottsdale's best public art: 'LOVE' and 11 more selfie-worthy sculptures and other works," 10 Jan. 2020 Safe in neutral Switzerland from the Nazi threat looming across Europe, Robert Frank studied and apprenticed with graphic designers and photographers in Zurich, Basel and Geneva. Philip Gefter, New York Times, "Robert Frank Dies; Pivotal Documentary Photographer Was 94," 10 Sep. 2019 Another Detroit native, Day apprenticed at several architectural firms before opening his own practice in 1915. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Palmer Woods: A guide to Detroit neighborhood's history, architecture," 12 Oct. 2017 Before opening Hina, Cleary worked at Berkeley’s popular izakaya Ippuku and apprenticed for a year at a yakiroti spot in Tokyo called Tori+Salon. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Hina Yakitori opens in San Francisco with 12 seats, 15 courses," 27 Sep. 2019 Matt Vogel, 49, who began apprenticing with Spinney in 1996, has taken over the role. Lily Rothman, Time, "'We're All Growing Up Together': As Sesame Street Turns 50, Big Bird Is Still Making Friends Everywhere He Goes," 7 Nov. 2019 As a teenager, Bathsheba Demuth lived for a time with a Gwich’in family, apprenticed to a dog musher. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "New history compares the two sides of the Bering Strait and the waters between," 19 Oct. 2019 Unlike apprenticed or employed Affinites who had honed their abilities for years, Ana had only a basic and crude control over hers. David Canfield, EW.com, "Read an excerpt from Blood Heir, the year's most controversial YA novel," 17 Oct. 2019 The chef also spent the spring and summer preparing for this role, apprenticing at French and Italian restaurants Le Pigeon in Portland, Flour + Water in San Francisco and Lilia in Brooklyn. Josie Sexton, The Know, "You only have 12 weeks to try Denver’s newest French restaurant," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for apprentice

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

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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Apprentice.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apprentice. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for apprentice

apprentice

noun
How to pronounce apprentice (audio)

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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