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)


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


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


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)


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

Verb (2)

internee \ (ˌ)in-​ˌtər-​ˈnē How to pronounce internee (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb (2)

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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 This summer sees the release of Superman: Man of Tomorrow, which finds Clark Kent working as an intern for the Daily Planet and learning on the job how to save the city of Metropolis. Christian Holub,, "Darren Criss and Zachary Quinto to star in new Superman animated movie," 30 Apr. 2020 Donckerwolke studied car design at the famous, now defunct Art Center College in Vevey, Switzerland, then joined Peugeot as an intern. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Hyundai/Genesis Design Chief Luc Donckerwolke Resigns," 29 Apr. 2020 However, Morgan said there were four other doctors in the hospital at the same time as the intern., "A Portland family took their dog to DoveLewis; the family says it’s the hospital’s fault he died," 19 June 2019 In addition to her full-time course load, Ayers works as the community college’s sustainability intern, keeping tabs on energy use across the community college system’s seven campuses and centers. NBC News, "Is fungus the answer to climate change? Student who grew a mushroom canoe says yes.," 18 Apr. 2020 Okazaki, who now runs his own practice, also recalls how their office on Varick Street in downtown Manhattan became a magnet for students, interns, and fellow architects visiting from China. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Michael Sorkin, architecture’s brilliant sage, has died of complications from Covid-19," 28 Mar. 2020 The bouncers had pepper-sprayed a group of Telfar interns, models, and hairdressers, who were crying and pouring milk into their eyes. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Telfar Clemens’s Mass Appeal," 9 Mar. 2020 All seven of the man’s colleagues, and an intern, have been tested for the virus, said Mr. de Blasio. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Eleven New Yorkers, Including Members of Two Families, Have Coronavirus," 5 Mar. 2020 Cisneros, who was once Cuellar's intern, lost the race with a closing poll of 52-48%. Elly Belle,, "Jessica Cisneros Loses Texas Race To Anti-Abortion Democrat Henry Cuellar," 4 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hamby also received a $10,000 college scholarship from — and briefly interned for — ZGlobal Inc., an engineering firm that developed a close relationship with Abatti through several energy and water projects. Los Angeles Times, "As a dying Salton Sea spews harmful dust, Imperial Valley water wars heat up again," 23 Apr. 2020 She is almost done with her master’s in social work, and has interned as a counselor. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "With Tokyo Games postponed, here's how U.S. Olympians can get mental health help," 3 Apr. 2020 Lauren's credits also include choreographing for the Cleveland dance project and interning for battery dance company in New York City. cleveland, "First Master Class in dance at Avon High School for grades 7-12," 3 Feb. 2020 After interning for the company for three months, Villarroel moved to Spain. Ineye Komonibo,, "Kylie Jenner’s Assistant Spills The Tea On Why She Actually Quit," 16 Jan. 2020 After rising from Division II Salem to Auburn, then getting fired from two of his last three coaching jobs, Terry Bowden hopes his season interning at Clemson is the springboard back to the top job somewhere. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Clemson intern Terry Bowden reflects on Auburn, getting fired and hopes for future," 17 Jan. 2020 Through the Summer Community Initiative, Serenity Garrett, a 17-year-old senior at South Oak Cliff Collegiate Academy in southern Dallas, interned at Frito-Lay in the economic development department. Dallas News, "Southern Dallas students find inspiration from Frito-Lay executives and internships," 28 Aug. 2019 Cardenal at the Managua hospital where he was interned last year. José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Nicaraguan Priest, Poet and Revolutionary, Dies," 2 Mar. 2020 She was interned on Friday, October 4th at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell., "Deaths in Central Florida: 10/6," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of intern


circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1866, in the meaning defined above


circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intern


French interne, from interne, adjective


Middle French interne, from Latin internus

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The first known use of intern was circa 1560

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“Intern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of intern

: 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


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


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


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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