ap·​pren·​tice·​ship ə-ˈpren-tə(sh)-ˌship How to pronounce apprenticeship (audio)
: a position as an apprentice : an arrangement in which someone learns an art, trade, or job under another
He obtained an apprenticeship with a carpenter.
Later that year, he decided to become a barrister—a career that requires acceptance into an apprenticeshipSidney Blumenthal
: the period of time when a person is an apprentice
During most of his apprenticeship he lived in Paris …Robert Penn Warren
a two-year apprenticeship

Examples of apprenticeship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The number of young people starting apprenticeships in the U.K. has dropped by nearly one-third since 2016. Trey Williams, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2023 Carolina’s defense may be enough to bridge Young’s apprenticeship. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 2 Sep. 2023 In recent years, ReVision Energy, which installs solar panels and heat pumps across the Northeast, has started training dozens of new workers in house, offering apprenticeships and helping employees get their electrician licenses. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Unions and employers increase apprenticeships Labor unions and employers are racing to train young Alaskans for the work that’s coming, said Joelle Hall, president of the Alaska AFL-CIO federation of labor unions. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Aug. 2023 Then a lanky 17-year-old about to start an apprenticeship in a bakery, Mr. El Haïry set out for the brick station a couple of days later. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2023 After dropping out of school, Gambon gained an apprenticeship as a toolmaker with manufacturing giant Vickers Armstrong, became a qualified engineering technician and appeared set to follow his father’s footsteps. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Sep. 2023 Unlike the biography of many famous concert pianists, the story of Vogt’s life reads less like a hagiography and more like a bildungsroman: a calling, an arduous apprenticeship, and a mature artistry that was ultimately less about solitary stardom and more about musical community. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 5 Sep. 2023 But now, with the array of apprenticeship schemes offering a foot in the door to previously exclusive businesses, Meads’s advice would be to skip out on further education and start carving out your career. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 29 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of apprenticeship was in 1592

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“Apprenticeship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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: service as an apprentice
: the period during which a person serves as an apprentice

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