ap·​pren·​tice·​ship | \ ə-ˈpren-tə(sh)-ˌship How to pronounce apprenticeship (audio) , ə-ˈpren-təs-ˌship \

Definition of apprenticeship

1 : 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 apprenticeship— Sidney Blumenthal
2 : 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

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Examples of apprenticeship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under their budget plan, the state would cut the $134 million that Newsom proposes to earmark for Calbright and use the money to avoid cuts to programs like food pantries for students, part-time faculty salaries and apprenticeship teaching. Dustin Gardiner,, "California’s online-only community college is flunking out with legislators," 9 June 2020 Thanks to a letter of introduction from a friend’s father, Talley landed an apprenticeship with the former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. New York Times, "Anna Wintour Is Not the Star of André Leon Talley’s Memoir. He Is.," 15 May 2020 Falconers must complete an apprenticeship of at least two years before taking a test to gain a Wisconsin falconry license. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two falconers have been sentenced for trading a goshawk taken from Wisconsin public land and lying about their crime," 7 Mar. 2020 The 18-year-old, in a white chef’s cap and apron, had originally hoped for an apprenticeship as an electrician. The Economist, "The president’s paradox Emmanuel Macron’s reforms are working, but not for him," 20 Feb. 2020 Hinton flashed his potential this fall in what was mostly an apprenticeship. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's defensive line has Hutchinson and Paye, but need much more," 20 Jan. 2020 Artist open house: Local portrait artist, Maxwell Miller, was recently accepted into a classical atelier art school in Pennsylvania for an apprenticeship. cleveland, "Put your snowman building skills to the test in Avon Lake contest: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 21 Dec. 2019 After his discharge from the Navy, Al returned to Hartford and began an apprenticeship as a tool & die engineer for the Arrow-Hart Hegeman Company., "Alfred J. Rioux," 12 Nov. 2019 Mayn scholars believe that the Vespuccis, wealthy acquaintances of Botticelli’s family, secured him an apprenticeship with Fra Filippo Lippi, one of the greatest painters in the region. Allesandra Pagano, National Geographic, "The painter behind 'Birth of Venus' invented a new kind of art," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of apprenticeship

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Apprenticeship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of apprenticeship

: a position as an apprentice
: the period of time when a person is an apprentice


ap·​pren·​tice·​ship | \ ə-ˈpren-təs-ˌship \

Kids Definition of apprenticeship

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

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