ap·pren·tice·ship | \ ə-ˈpren-tə(sh)-ˌship , 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, training

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More than half of young Germans take an apprenticeship qualification. The Economist, "A welcome upgrade to apprenticeships," 12 July 2018 His only coaching qualifications are a backyard apprenticeship tutoring his niece and her friends, along with a course in soccer fundamentals. Matt Blomberg,, "There's a reason that the soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand was so tough and resilient," 11 July 2018 Companies could consider expanding apprenticeships beyond traditional manufacturing roles such as machining and use them to train workers for software positions, Nabors said. Bill Zimmerman,, "Apprenticeship plans expand as Florida, federal programs near," 19 June 2018 His father used to work for the Carnivore restaurant, a high-end entertainment spot in Nairobi where Ndaiga would later carry out an apprenticeship before joining college. Idris Mukhtar, CNN, "Kenya's Facebook chef: 'I want to be the African Jamie Oliver'," 5 June 2018 Bipartisan support or not, the apprenticeship push now seems linked to a larger, more troubling push by the White House. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Trump’s War on Labor Now Includes Teens," 24 May 2018 Kovath said students interested in trade schools can start into a career in jewelry making, or look at apprenticeships. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford, Farmington High School Students Learn About Career Options," 21 May 2018 After graduating, in the early seventies, Denis began a traditional apprenticeship, assisting mostly on films shot in Paris. Alice Gregory, The New Yorker, "The Fearless Cinema of Claire Denis," 19 May 2018 Moon Services, Tri-County Electrical Services, UMBC Training Centers and Miller and Long Company became new apprenticeship sponsors. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Maryland labor department adds 5 apprenticeship programs," 8 May 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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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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