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 Kepler came to Prague as an apprentice to fellow stargazer Tycho Brahe (the two are immortalized in a bronze sculpture less than a mile from the observatory), and lived in a small apartment at 4 Karlova Street, just off Charles Bridge. Alex Schechter, National Geographic, "Why Prague is the best place for astronomy buffs," 4 Nov. 2019 Soon after, Van Hart became an apprentice to C. Leslie Oursler, the first program coordinator and oversaw the gallery at the Davis Library. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘Cheers for 50 more’: An oral history of the Carroll County Arts Council, celebrating its golden anniversary," 19 Oct. 2019 In it, Lizzie is now a 30-year-old who works as an apprentice to an upscale New York City decorator. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Hilary Duff shares adorable video of her kids watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie," 30 Sep. 2019 Graff never finished school but instead became an apprentice to a jeweller. Pavan C Lall, Quartz India, "How Nirav Modi built a mega diamond empire despite no knowledge of gems or jewellery," 30 Sep. 2019 The master also signed the apprentice for Barcelona in 1998 and years later appointed Kluivert to his coaching staff on the Dutch national team. SI.com, "Louis van Gaal: The Mercurial & Enigmatic Dutch Master's All-Time Best XI," 18 July 2019 In the late 1930s, when Wright dispatched Lautner to Los Angeles to work on the George Sturges house in Brentwood, the apprentice took an instant dislike to the city. Tina Daunt, latimes.com, "9 things you should know about the Bob Hope house in Palm Springs — and its restoration," 6 June 2019 The family never recovered financially, and in 1843 Ibsen was sent away to work as an apothecary’s apprentice. Andrew Katzenstein, Harper's magazine, "The Radical Conservative," 16 Sep. 2019 During that time, Luigi employed and mentored many apprentices, several who were Italian immigrants and later went on to become successful electricians and business owners. courant.com, "Luigi Gaetani," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Switzerland’s neutrality during World War II shielded Frank and his family from the atrocities of the Nazi regime, and Frank was able to apprentice with photographers and graphic desingers in Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Photographer Robert Frank, Who Exposed the Alienation and Heartbreak of America, Dies at 94," 10 Sep. 2019 Onishi came from a family of ramen chefs, apprenticing for his father after high school. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "World’s first Michelin-starred ramen restaurant Tsuta to open San Francisco location," 22 Aug. 2019 One of these provisions sought to cap the number of medical school graduates apprenticing as residents in US teaching hospitals. Kunal Sindhu, Quartz, "The US is on the verge of a devastating, but avoidable doctor shortage," 30 July 2019 In the mid-eighteen-sixties, the French artist Jules Chéret, having apprenticed with a lithographer in England, returned to Paris. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 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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14 Nov 2019

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

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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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