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


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

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: Noun As a young man, Bruce Nukapigak had worked at the Alpine facility as an apprentice electrician and pipe fitter and felt familiar with the risks inherent in oil drilling. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2022 On the Ocean City boardwalk one day in late May, families stood around one of Swanson’s falconers, an apprentice and their Harris’s hawk, Karen, who stretched her wings wide in the sea breeze. New York Times, 23 June 2022 Now, Dabney manages a peer apprentice program at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance in Chicago. Aaron Morrison, ajc, 23 June 2022 The same night in Chicago, Lina González-Granados, who succeeds Gershon as L.A. resident conductor for the new season, was in the midst of making her unexpected final performances as the Chicago Symphony’s conducting apprentice. Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2022 McGregor plays the Jedi apprentice-turned-master with a calm charm and effortless charm that led audiences to welcome him home all these years later—and must have been fun enough to draw its A-list star back, too. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 6 June 2022 Mina picks up on the threat almost immediately, catching her husband staring discreetly — but not nearly discreetly enough — at Youssef’s bare torso as the apprentice changes clothes across the workshop. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 June 2022 Brothers said it’s about creating opportunities, not only for a longtime tradesman but also for a new apprentice looking for a career in the emerging U.S. offshore wind industry. Jennifer Mcdermott, Hartford Courant, 28 May 2022 The apprentice schools are top notch and should be expanded. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, 28 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ramsay, who also executive produces, is mentoring, alongside Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais (the winner gets to apprentice under them). Dave Quinn,, 5 Jan. 2022 Real mastery of a craft is handed down from master to apprentice over an extended period of time. George Bradt, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Through this boot camp program, our customers are paired with workers from these communities, who can apprentice for the company while getting a college degree for free. Nerys Mutlow, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Her interest in mural painting grew from wanting to use her art to communicate to a wider public, and in 2020 she was selected to apprentice with Nani Chacon as part of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation’s Mentor Artist Fellowship program. Briana Miller | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2021 Chefs often apprentice for several years before they're permitted to handle pricier cuts of fish. Mark Robinson, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town. New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town. New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 A few years after leaving Parsons, in an effort to further understand his vocation’s roots, Kaiser moved to Japan to apprentice with two master potters for a year each. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of apprentice


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


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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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


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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