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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Synonyms for apprenticeship


externship, internship, practicum, training

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This play is an attempt at an apprenticeship in dying. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love and death in Spring Green: 'The Recruiting Officer,' 'Exit the King'," 3 July 2018 The most successful models are the handful of pre-apprenticeship programs that exist in New York, Vermont, Oregon, and a few other states. Amanda Abrams, Curbed, "Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage," 5 Nov. 2018 Murphy was due to appear in New Brunswick at 11 a.m. Friday at an event about apprenticeships. Washington Post, "On your mark, get set, waiting for the ‘go’ on sports bets," 8 June 2018 The program will offer its graduates a chance to attend apprenticeships, internships, community college or a university or provide them an immediate career with the necessary skills. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Fraser High program to train for skilled jobs to match industry needs," 30 Apr. 2018 Acosta has been encouraging companies, such as investment firms and tech companies, to offer paid apprenticeships beyond the usual ones in manufacturing and other trades. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The G20 summit is a reminder of how little the US is doing for American workers," 26 Nov. 2018 Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Coach Core, an organization that provides sports apprenticeships for young people who want to be sports coaches. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore a Gray Blazer and Black Jeans to Visit Coach Core," 30 Oct. 2018 Instead, there are a number of possibilities: vocational classes at high schools or community colleges, apprenticeship programs through unions, or jobs directly with contractors. Amanda Abrams, Curbed, "Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage," 5 Nov. 2018 So getting that good-paying job is about that pipeline of education, internships, apprenticeships, and just building an economy around those jobs. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Eyeing a 2020 run, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti explains how he (or someone else) could beat Trump," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of apprenticeship

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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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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