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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Recent Examples on the Web Horn wants to promote apprenticeship programs and add staff. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 6 May 2022 The school has been a pioneer in France for opening its doors to women and offering apprenticeship programs. Matt Symonds, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Working as an electrician is a good job, and community colleges and apprenticeship programs could train many more people to become one. The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2022 Maybe Rhodes can take on an apprenticeship with Hines in a couple of years? Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 14 Apr. 2022 Waubonsee Community College will host an open house from 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 12 at its Plano campus at 100 Waubonsee Drive for those interested in skilled trade careers and apprenticeship opportunities. Beacon-news Staff,, 1 Apr. 2022 The exam is required for all would-be California lawyers who choose to learn through apprenticeship rather than law school. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Mar. 2022 Huntsman creative director Campbell Carey led the film’s star Mark Rylance in an apprenticeship, showing the Academy Award-winning actor the ropes of bespoke suit-making. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 17 Mar. 2022 The three-month program will consist of two months of mentorship and training from the Rooster Teeth and WarnerMedia Access teams, followed by a monthlong apprenticeship at Rooster Teeth’s studios in Austin, Texas. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of apprenticeship

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Apprenticeship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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