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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Other Words from apprentice

Noun

apprenticeship \ -​tə(sh)-​ˌship How to pronounce apprenticeship (audio) , -​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

Closing the gender gap In Basmayor’s apprenticeship program, just four of the 50 apprentices in her class are female – and even that meager number is a sign of progress. Lowe’s, USA TODAY, "Building the next generation of skilled trades workers starts with women," 27 Aug. 2019 Ortiz took on dozens of apprentices over his career, focused on helping young barbers make it on their own, Nicolaus said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The king of KK': Beloved Bay View barber José Ortiz dies at 88, leaving wide-reaching legacy," 15 Aug. 2019 Stay nice #meangirls (thanks to all the amazing @wtfestival apprentices and cabaret staff who quite literally made this performance happen, costumes included). Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Watch Amanda Seyfried give Taylor Swift's 'Mean' a Mean Girls makeover," 26 July 2019 But there is very little in the way of construction; just a handful of apprentices, presumably picked out especially. The Economist, "Confessions of a Downing Street photographer," 19 July 2019 These grants will support the training of more than 85,000 apprentices in new or expanded apprenticeship programs. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al.com, "Alabama Community College System gets $12 million grant," 27 June 2019 Novices learned the craft through the master-apprentice system. Los Angeles Times, "End of an era: One of Hollywood’s last scenic painters can’t quite put down his brush," 15 Aug. 2019 On Tuesday, the council added other requirements around hiring one apprentice for every five journeymen and local hiring. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Council takes on construction hiring, billboards," 6 Aug. 2019 Swaback, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, according to his firm's website, declined to comment. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Charter school founder spent $1M in school funds on trips, gym membership, lawsuit alleges," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 At age 14, the Spanish designer started apprenticing with a tailor in Luxembourg on weekends, before graduating from L’Institut Marangoni in Paris. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, "Step Into the Colorful World of Marta Rios, the Spaniard Hand-Quilting Dresses and Bags," 7 Mar. 2019 Joukhadar’s debut novel is the story of two girls who lived 800 years apart: a modern-day Syrian refugee and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a mapmaker, both driven by circumstance into exile and a journey across the Middle East. Carole Goldberg, courant.com, "Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, Blanche McCrary Boyd To Give Book Talks," 2 May 2018 The shop also has two artists apprenticing with Meyer and Pulos. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An Army veteran who was captivated by tattoos as a child is the owner of the first tattoo shop in Grafton," 10 July 2019 In short order, pitmaster Travis Heim and wife Emma Heim moved from hosting backyard cookouts (and apprenticing for Aaron Franklin in Austin) to launching in 2015 what would become the most popular barbecue trailer ever seen around Cowtown. Dallas News, "Fort Worth's Heim Barbecue shares recipes for the perfect cookout side dishes," 1 July 2019 The town is dotted with more than 100 buildings by the architect Alden B. Dow, who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright. Allie Weiss, ELLE Decor, "5 Midcentury-Modern Landmarks You Need to See in the Midwest," 6 Dec. 2018 Unlike the French auteurs Robert Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and Louis Malle, Becker, who apprenticed for a decade with the great Jean Renoir, did not spring on the film scene fully formed. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "The Struggles of Jacques Becker," 1 Aug. 2018 When Leonardo was older and began apprenticing in the workshop of painter Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence, his inability to execute became more apparent. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New Study Suggests Leonardo da Vinci Had A.D.H.D.," 5 June 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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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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