Definition of journeyman
1 : a worker who has learned a trade and works for another person usually by the day
2 : an experienced reliable worker, athlete, or performer especially as distinguished from one who is brilliant or colorful a good journeyman trumpeter — New Yorker a journeyman outfielder
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Recent Examples of journeyman from the Web
Volquez, a native of the Dominican Republic, is the epitome of a baseball journeyman.
Pachulia, a journeyman playing on his fifth NBA team in 14 seasons, is the only Warriors starter who is not an All-Star.
Injuries have softened their rotation, leaving journeymen and minor-league call ups to fill in, and before his injury, Paxton was pitching like an ace.
But Lue, once a journeyman point guard who steered the Cavs to an NBA championship last season, has grown more accepting of his frontman role.
Worley, a journeyman right-hander making his second start for Miami, allowed only one other hit in an efficient five-inning outing.
Herrera grounded out on three pitches in the first inning, lined out in the third, grounded out in the sixth, and doubled in the ninth off a journeyman reliever as the Phillies trailed by five runs.
Characters found in the book are classified as apprentice, journeyman and master to reflect their general skill level.
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Did You Know?
The journey in journeyman refers to a sense of the familiar word not often used anymore: "a day's labor." This sense of journey was first used in the 14th century. When journeyman appeared the following century, it originally referred to a person who, having learned a handicraft or trade through an apprenticeship, worked for daily wages. In the 16th century, journeyman picked up a figurative (and mainly deprecatory) sense; namely, "one who drudges for another." These days, however, journeyman has little to do with drudgery, and lots to do with knowing a trade inside out.
Origin and Etymology of journeyman
Middle English, from journey journey, a day's labor + man
First Known Use: 15th century
JOURNEYMAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of journeyman for English Language Learners
: a worker who learns a skill and then works for another person
: a worker, performer, or athlete who is experienced and good but not excellent
JOURNEYMAN Defined for Kids
Definition of journeyman for Students
: a worker who has learned a trade and usually works for another person by the day
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