train·​ee trā-ˈnē How to pronounce trainee (audio)
: one that is being trained especially for a job
traineeship noun

Examples of trainee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But center experts also go to all 50 states to spread their training, going to schools during breaks and to businesses, at no cost to trainees or their agencies. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 But interns and residents, known as trainee doctors, said the government was continuing to ignore the real issues facing doctors. Jin Yu Young, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2024 Around 8,000 trainee doctors in South Korea began striking on February 21 by submitting their resignation. Manveena Suri, Lucas Lillieholm and Yoonjung Seo, CNN, 3 Mar. 2024 About 70% of South Korea’s 13,000 trainee doctors have walked out in the past two weeks over the initiative. Jon Herskovitz,, 3 Mar. 2024 Thousands of trainee doctors have handed in their resignations and walked out in protest, saying the plan doesn’t address key issues with their working conditions. Sam Kim, Fortune Asia, 28 Feb. 2024 Over the last week about 60% of South Korea’s trainee doctors ditched work in protest against the ministry’s move to admit more applicants into medical school, which would drive down their wages. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2024 Senior doctors and members of the Korean Medical Association, which represents physicians in private practice, have not joined the trainee doctors in the walkout but held rallies demanding the government scrap its plan. Reuters, NBC News, 23 Feb. 2024 Almost 8,000 trainee doctors have walked off the job in South Korea to protest a government plan to admit more students to medical schools, and more are expected to join them. Ju-Min Park and Jack Kim, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trainee was in 1833

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“Trainee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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train·​ee trā-ˈnē How to pronounce trainee (audio)
: a person who is being trained for a job
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