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

The other is his teacher, Alejandro Vega, an artisan in his mid-60s who agrees to let Berg work as his apprentice. John Williams, New York Times, "Can Handiwork Save Your Soul? A Quiet Novel Suggests It Can," 10 July 2018 Fisk, who had just turned 30 on May 2, had lived in Kansas City for about 1 1/2 years after spending seven years in the Lake of the Ozarks as a tattoo apprentice at Bad Donkey Tattoo Co. Aaron Randle, kansascity, "Suspect in custody for killing beloved Northland tattoo artist, shooting two others | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 Kali Russell, who just gets better and better with every role, plays D'Artagnan as an idealistic young woman from the provinces who arrives in Paris seeking honor and glory by disguising herself as a boy to apprentice with the Musketeers. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "'Three Musketeers' is one for all and all for fun at NOMA Sculpture Garden," 12 May 2018 Preciado started working at the PUC in 2012 as an apprentice. Erin Stone, SFChronicle.com, "SF city worker killed on job remembered for her toughness, humor," 22 June 2018 The project employed more than 200 apprentices and involved outreach to more than 100 community groups to help ensure a diverse workforce, the report said. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Northwestern Mutual project hired 800 Milwaukee residents, exceeding city hiring goals," 9 Jan. 2018 Around 1,000 have passed through the site; the first 14 degree apprentices will qualify in 2021. The Economist, "A welcome upgrade to apprenticeships," 12 July 2018 For some 20 years, the organization employs and trains youth apprentices to produce each work. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "A dozen new designs will transform Cincinnati streets this summer," 7 June 2018 The literary apprentice, in short, passes through channels that are hard to identify. Didier Jacob, latimes.com, "In a rare interview, Elena Ferrante describes the writing process behind the Neapolitan novels," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The designer daughter of Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and the late animal rights activist Linda McCartney was trained at Central Saint Martins, and apprenticed under the Savile Row tailor Edward Sexton. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Stella McCartney: Meghan Markle's Second Dress Designer," 19 May 2018 Maria Smith apprenticed in the winter of 2010-11 under master ceramicist Loren Scholz in Berlin, Germany. Allison Carey, cleveland.com, "Six Cleveland Flea vendors who create new, handmade home decor (photos)," 7 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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