train·​ee | \ trā-ˈnē How to pronounce trainee (audio) \

Definition of trainee

: one that is being trained especially for a job

Other Words from trainee

traineeship \ trā-​ˈnē-​ˌship How to pronounce trainee (audio) \ noun

Examples of trainee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So how can the average trainee achieve hypertrophy? Oliver Lee Bateman, Men's Health, 19 May 2022 Feds, a spinoff of The Rookie starring Niecy Nash-Betts as the oldest trainee in the FBI academy, will fill in the 10 p.m. Tuesday spot. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2022 Schwan joined Roche as a trainee in 1993 and has been at the company his entire career. Ed Silverman, STAT, 23 July 2022 Born in 1957 in The Bronx, Trotiner began as a DGA trainee on the 1986 films Power and Brighton Beach Memoirs, then served as a second assistant director on Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2022 During the stop, police learned Wright had an outstanding warrant; when Potter and a trainee officer attempted to arrest him, Wright tried to drive off. Jamiel Lynch, Brad Parks And Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 22 June 2022 Boatright, the only Black trainee in his residency a decade ago at Denver Health, had a mostly positive experience, but was repeatedly told to keep his hair trimmed short. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 20 June 2022 That’s the question asked by Kim Yo-han, a judicial trainee in the Korean drama Insider. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 11 June 2022 But as many a trainee has learned, bodyweight workouts can lose their luster and feel less challenging over time as the body adapts. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 24 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trainee

1833, in the meaning defined above

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8 Aug 2022

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“Trainee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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