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

Definition of trainee

: one that is being trained especially for a job

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Other Words from trainee

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

Examples of trainee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the affected bus routes have been run using trainees and supervisors. Washington Post, "Some Metrobus lines run on abbreviated schedule due to strike," 28 Oct. 2019 The study also said there were two teacher trainees for every existing teacher. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "The Yoga Instructors vs. the Private Equity Firm," 11 Sep. 2019 As technical school trainees at Lackland were being moved to on-base hotels, another 42 people permanently assigned to the base had been offered housing in the community. Sig Christenson,, "Mold found in 1,100 dorm rooms on Lackland," 31 July 2019 Additionally, there are fewer accomplished scientists that can take up postdoc positions and fewer institutions with the capacity to host postdoc trainees. Thomas Kariuki, Quartz Africa, "African universities are battling to attract post-doctoral researchers," 31 Aug. 2019 The department currently has about 1,950 uniform fire employees, including trainees. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Dallas' ambulance response times lag far behind national standard," 6 Aug. 2019 Schneider said the field program grew from three interns to six trainees last year. Vincent T. Davis,, "CPS Energy prepares next generation of San Antonio utility workers," 31 July 2019 The season's new crop of talent includes some very exciting trainees from 47 of the biggest entertainment companies in South Korea. Billboard Radio China, Billboard, "K-Pop Show 'Produce 101' and JOOX Streaming Platform Bring Show to Southeast Asia," 10 July 2019 The preliminary findings were reported Wednesday by a team led by Stack, a California Sea Grant trainee and a graduate student at San Diego State University. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DDT contaminants in marine mammals may threaten California condor recovery," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of trainee

1833, in the meaning defined above

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24 Nov 2019

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“Trainee.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of trainee

: a person who is being trained for a job

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