intern

noun
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
variants: or less commonly interne

Definition of intern

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an advanced student or graduate usually in a professional field (such as medicine or teaching) gaining supervised practical experience (as in a hospital or classroom)

intern

verb (1)
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
interned; interning; interns

Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to work as an intern

intern

verb (2)
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) , in-ˈtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
interned; interning; interns

Definition of intern (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: to confine or impound especially during a war intern enemy aliens

intern

adjective
in·​tern | \ in-ˈtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) , ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
variants: or interne

Definition of intern (Entry 4 of 4)

archaic

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Other Words from intern

Noun

internship \ ˈin-​ˌtərn-​ˌship How to pronounce internship (audio) \ noun

Verb (2)

internee \ (ˌ)in-​ˌtər-​ˈnē How to pronounce internee (audio) \ noun
internment \ in-​ˈtərn-​mənt How to pronounce internment (audio) , ˈin-​ˌtərn-​ \ noun

Examples of intern in a Sentence

Noun

After medical school, he worked as an intern at the university hospital.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Starr was examining an Arkansas real estate deal that involved Clinton — though the long-running probe would eventually focus on the president’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Matt Viser, BostonGlobe.com, "For questions of presidential power, Brett Kavanaugh has several answers," 14 July 2018 After the brief mention, McCain responded on Twitter and Instagram and mentioned her previous stint as an intern for SNL producer Lorne Michaels. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Meghan McCain responds to 'Saturday Night Live' spoof after being portrayed by Aidy Bryant," 20 May 2018 When former White House intern Monica Lewinsky excoriated Town & Country magazine for uninviting her from an event because Bill Clinton decided to attend, Carter recognized himself in her indignity. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "Carter Page Compares His “Torture” to John McCain and Abu Zubaydah," 11 May 2018 McCurry faced some challenging moments during his tenure, too — including responding to questions from the podium about Clinton's relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. NBC News, "Ahead of White House Correspondents' Dinner, two former press secretaries talk shop," 28 Apr. 2018 Twenty years ago, news broke that President Bill Clinton had had a relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "President Bill Clinton's Impeachment and Ties to Monica Lewinsky, Explained," 19 Jan. 2018 The problem is especially pronounced for congressional interns, who for nearly 25 years universally went without pay. Audrey Henson, Vox, "Diversity on Capitol Hill starts with paying interns," 26 Dec. 2018 Joining the show in its ninth season, Stephanie started as an intern in a recurring role, and later joined the main cast in season 10. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Who Is Jerrika Hinton? Meet the Star of Hallmark's ‘A Majestic Christmas'," 2 Dec. 2018 Taking his name from his paternal grandmother, who ran an after-hours gambling parlor, Carter dropped out of Western Michigan University following his freshman year to intern in Nike’s basketball sports marketing department. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "A Day in the Life of Maverick Carter," 12 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Claire Dauge-Roth, a Stanford student who also interned at Planned Parenthood this past summer, curated the imagery. Brittany Natale, Teen Vogue, "Here’s Your Guide for Voting in the Midterms, for Teens and by Teens," 29 Oct. 2018 Pack hero: Malia Obama, who deferred her Harvard entry to take a three-month educational trip through Bolivia and Peru between interning gigs in film production and at Spain’s U.S. Embassy. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018 China has denied operating the system of camps, despite extensive documentation from those interned and relatives, and other evidence such as satellite photos and government documents. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "US lawmakers urge export restrictions targeting Xinjiang," 12 Sep. 2018 One of those interned was German small arms engineer Hugo Schmeisser, who was responsible for the Sturmgewehr 44, or StG 44 rifle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Oops! Statue of AK-47 Inventor Accidentally Features Wrong Rifle," 26 Sep. 2017 During her student days at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Riverdale actor interned at a talent agency. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Turned an Internship Into Her Starring "Riverdale" Role," 8 Jan. 2019 With a newfound passion for tech, Mr. Driscoll interned with travel website Expedia Inc. and launched his own startup before graduation. Kelsey Gee, WSJ, "Looking to Double Your Salary? Try an M.B.A.," 7 Dec. 2018 After the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, the federal government interned 120,000 Japanese-Americans in about a dozen camps, typically in barracks, one family to a room, and cut off from the outside world by barbed wire. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Reuniting and Detaining Migrant Families Pose New Mental Health Risks," 22 June 2018 Photo: Peter Scharer, After four intense years of high school, the Lauders’ son spent a year working for a startup in Israel, interning on Capitol Hill and traveling around Africa and India before enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Welcome to College. Now Take a Year Off," 25 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of intern

Noun

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1866, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intern

Noun

French interne, from interne, adjective

Adjective

Middle French interne, from Latin internus

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intern

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intern

US
: a student or recent graduate who works for a period of time at a job in order to get experience
: a person who works in a hospital in order to complete training as a doctor

intern

verb
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
interned; interning

Kids Definition of intern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to force to stay within a place (as a prison) especially during a war

Other Words from intern

internment \ in-​ˈtərn-​mənt \ noun

intern

noun
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \

Kids Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 2)

: a student or recent graduate in a special field of study (as medicine or teaching) who works for a period of time to gain practical experience

Other Words from intern

internship \ -​ˌship \ noun

intern

noun
in·​tern
variants: also interne \ ˈin-​ˌtərn How to pronounce interne (audio) \

Medical Definition of intern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a physician gaining supervised practical experience in a hospital after graduating from medical school

called also houseman

in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \

Medical Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act as an intern

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