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 In the process, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior quarterback made the leap from heir apparent to breakout candidate after originally planning to be Sam Jackson’s apprentice. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, chicagotribune.com, "Football notes: Naperville Central’s Owen Prucha among stable of area quarterbacks to make strong first impression," 25 Mar. 2021 For the trip, the two also brought along their 2-year-old son, Blake, and Mitchell's apprentice and brother-in-law, Isaiah Pinnock, according to CNN. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Plumber Drives to Texas from New Jersey to Help After Storm: 'Proud to Lend a Helping Hand'," 1 Mar. 2021 By the time Pinnock, a plumbing apprentice, and master plumber Mitchell arrived in Houston, Pinnock’s sister, who lives there, already had jobs lined up for them from her own connections, and the gigs have been steadily rolling in, Pinnock said. Washington Post, "Texas is in desperate need of plumbers. Two brothers-in-law drove 25 hours straight to help.," 26 Feb. 2021 Isaiah Pinnock, who is Kisha's brother and Mitchell's apprentice, went with them. David Williams, CNN, "A New Jersey plumber drove to Texas with his family to fix burst pipes and other damage from devastating winter storm," 24 Feb. 2021 His other early jobs in Canada included electrical apprentice, taxi driver, movie-theater usher and office cleaner. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Immigrant Bought a Domed Stadium for $583,000," 11 Mar. 2021 Born in Venice in 1488, Titian practiced art from a young age, serving as an apprentice to mosaic craftsman Sebastiano Zuccato. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Forgotten Last Supper Scene Linked to Renaissance Master Titian Spent Century Hidden in Plain Sight," 4 Mar. 2021 By Sunday evening, Mitchell, Pinnock, their 2-year-old son, Blake, and Pinnock's brother (who is Mitchell's apprentice), Isaiah, made it to Houston. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "NJ plumber, family drive 22 hours to help Texas storm victims," 26 Feb. 2021 Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, protect the former queen from political separatists. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Gandhi’; ‘Forrest Gump’ and more," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The new limit, which was first reported by Military.com, only applies to apprentice ranks E3 and below, which are typically younger soldiers. Paul Best, Fox News, "Naval Air Station Pensacola limits beer sales to young sailors," 6 Mar. 2021 Master this section and move on to apprentice as a pastry chef. Dallas News, "Our 13 favorite baking cookbooks of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, 55-year-old Mike Smith won the final two races to join Juan Hernandez and apprentice Alexis Centeno as one of three jockeys with two wins on the first day of the 15-day meeting. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Just enough for a Del Mar stakes victory," 31 Oct. 2020 From the line to apprentice Thompson and Tran exemplify why GM has the program in place. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "2 GM apprentices stopped the show with demonstration for Ivanka Trump," 2 Sep. 2020 As Moroni got sicker, Roy’s job expanded to apprentice, studio caretaker and legacy builder. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Facing terminal cancer, Minneapolis artist Aldo Moroni is fighting to finish one last epic work.," 7 Aug. 2020 Each worker in any position has the opportunity to, say, apprentice on the farms, learn about beekeeping and be a part of some potential future growth. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "In Englewood, an accidental restaurateur combines the farm with the table," 10 Mar. 2020 Officials for the school and the foundation say the two organizations have a long and storied relationship, which began when Soleri apprenticed with Wright at Taliesin and Taliesin West in the 1940s. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture to change name, moves to Arcosanti," 9 June 2020 She and a photographer got permission from the city Department of Correction, which runs Hart Island, to revisit the tragic place where Riis had apprenticed. CBS News, "NYC island used to bury unclaimed coronavirus victims has long history of "stories that are not told"," 13 Apr. 2020

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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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“Apprentice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apprentice. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for apprentice

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 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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