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 His family has been in Saint-Aubin since the 17th century; Olivier took over the domaine from his father after putting in an apprenticeship at Méo-Camuzet in Vosne-Romanée. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, 6 June 2021 The first week of Goldman Sachs' 12-week program focuses on training, followed by an apprenticeship in one of the bank's divisions. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, 1 June 2021 Originally from Cambridgeshire, Roberts had served an apprenticeship in construction, and by the age of 24 was running his own successful building development company. Alison Coleman, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Finding work experience opportunities. Securing an apprenticeship. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2021 Before moving to Tucson in 2020, Birdsall grew up in the Bay Area and cooked professionally for nearly two decades, starting with an apprenticeship at Greens Restaurant in 1983. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 2 May 2021 My husband basically had an apprenticeship in cooking with him. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 21 Apr. 2021 Winston, who came to New Orleans last year after five seasons with the Bucs, signed to serve a bit of an apprenticeship under Payton. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2021 Students who are hired for an apprenticeship will graduate without college debt as participating employers are required to provide tuition sponsorship, college officials said. Beacon-news Staff,, 19 Feb. 2021

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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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“Apprenticeship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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