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

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The pilot and pilot trainee were returning from a patrol flight around 8:30 p.m. when their helicopter – a MD Helicopters MD 500 – wound up on its side, according to Houston Police Department Asst. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police helicopter makes hard landing at Hobby Airport, officers OK," 5 July 2019 The bats were in four living areas of a 45-year-old recruit residential complex that contained 20 dormitories and 900 trainees. Sig Christenson,, "S.A. general vows to battle mold at Lackland," 28 July 2019 As a result, the three guides (one of who was a trainee) handled a lot of the minutiae while leading us in how to change our habits for the better. Ali Wunderman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What I Learned on the World's First Zero-Waste Trip," 19 July 2019 The ranking police official then ordered the officer and a trainee to report to a meeting with the commissioner. Juan Perez Jr.,, "‘Do you know who I am?’ Investigators say Cook County commissioner pressed cops to scrap ally’s $250 parking ticket," 16 July 2019 These high-tech exercises utilized the same NASA equipment as astronaut trainees and guests could compare progress with NASA interns as well as Hall Of Fame astronauts. Fox News, "Fly off to Mars at Kennedy Space Center’s Astronaut Training Experience," 5 July 2019 The Peter Miller trainee relaxed nicely and easily handled Cal-breds but now must face open company (although race is restricted to 3-year-olds). Los Angeles Times, "Racing! A new day at Santa Anita," 11 Aug. 2019 The Doug O’Neill trainee is 2-for-2 and the only stakes winner in the Best Pal, having captured the $150,000 Tremont in June at Belmont Park. San Diego Union-Tribune, "High-priced 2-year-olds running this weekend at Del Mar," 8 Aug. 2019 In the shade of a creaky, metal awning, Schneider briefed the nine trainees wearing orange hardhats about safety precautions that included CPR, heat-stress warnings and insect repellent. Vincent T. Davis,, "CPS Energy prepares next generation of San Antonio utility workers," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of trainee

1833, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of trainee

: a person who is being trained for a job

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