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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externship, internship, practicum, training

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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 This kind of bargain is common to all apprenticeships. The Economist, "Donald Trump insists on trade reciprocity. But what kind?," 12 July 2018 Programs are open to anyone 18 or older, with youth apprenticeships open to high school students. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Maryland labor department adds 5 apprenticeship programs," 8 May 2018 Typically, this kind of information is accessed through traditional apprenticeships in tattoo shops. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Brooklyn Tattooer Mars Hobrecker on Why Tattoos Don't Have to Have Meaning," 26 July 2018 Three new charter schools are slated to open in the Charlotte area in August, with offerings that range from Chinese immersion for young children to apprenticeship learning for teens. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Chinese for kids, job experience for teens on tap for new Charlotte charter schools," 30 Jan. 2018 These Places Help Veterans Find a Job Helmets to Hardhats: Launched in 2003, this national nonprofit offers training and job placement, primarily through apprenticeships, for veterans interested in entering the construction industry. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 Today's visit follows Meghan and Harry's appearance at the Coach Core Awards yesterday at Loughborough University, where the couple met with and honored graduating members from the apprenticeship program. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Arrives To Her First Solo Event in Givenchy," 25 Sep. 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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a servile follower or underling

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