apprentice

noun, often attributive
ap·​pren·​tice | \ ə-ˈpren-təs How to pronounce apprentice (audio) \

Definition of apprentice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one bound by indenture (see indenture entry 1 sense 1a(3)) to serve another for a prescribed period with a view to learning an art or trade
b : one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art, or calling a carpenter's apprentice — compare journeyman sense 1, master entry 1 sense 1c
2 : an inexperienced person : novice an apprentice in cooking

apprentice

verb
apprenticed; apprenticing

Definition of apprentice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to set at work as an apprentice especially : to bind to an apprenticeship by contract or indenture

intransitive verb

: to serve as an apprentice

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Examples of apprentice in a Sentence

Noun decided to be an apprentice to an electrician after he graduated aware that she's only an apprentice in the medical field, she readily defers to her more experienced colleagues Verb He apprenticed with a master carpenter for two years.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As Jill Biden made her way to the horticultural classroom at Arturo Velasquez Institute in Chicago’s Little Village on Wednesday, Evelyn Favela, an apprentice in the program, was excited to meet the first lady. Laura Rodríguez Presa, chicagotribune.com, 13 Oct. 2021 Born and raised in Marseilles, France, Rull started cooking by his father’s side as a small boy and by 16 was working as a chef’s apprentice. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 At 13, his first job was as an apprentice welder, a craft that was to become a lifelong passion. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 After working as an Accenture apprentice, he got hired full-time as a junior analyst. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 Case’s description of the journey from Rita Manly, high school motorcycle apprentice, to Rita Case, South Florida car dealer and professional role model, is one of constant forward motion. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 5 Oct. 2021 The suspect had been working as an electrician's apprentice. NBC News, 25 Sep. 2021 In 1981, with former HGO general director David Gockley, Floyd founded the Houston Grand Opera Studio, an apprentice program which has helped numerous young singers launch professional careers. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 As a young man, Bierce worked as a newspaper apprentice in Northern Indiana and reportedly learned typography at the Kentucky Military Institute before enlisting in the Ninth Indiana Regiment at the outbreak of the Civil War. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chefs often apprentice for several years before they're permitted to handle pricier cuts of fish. Mark Robinson, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town. New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town. New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 A few years after leaving Parsons, in an effort to further understand his vocation’s roots, Kaiser moved to Japan to apprentice with two master potters for a year each. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town. New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town. New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town. New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town. New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of apprentice

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for apprentice

Noun and Verb

Middle English aprentis, from Anglo-French apprentiz, from aprendre to learn, from Latin apprendere, apprehendere — see apprehend

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The first known use of apprentice was in the 14th century

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17 Oct 2021

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“Apprentice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apprentice. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for apprentice

apprentice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apprentice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who learns a job or skill by working for a fixed period of time for someone who is very good at that job or skill

apprentice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of apprentice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) an apprentice
: to work as an apprentice

apprentice

noun
ap·​pren·​tice | \ ə-ˈpren-təs How to pronounce apprentice (audio) \

Kids Definition of apprentice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is learning a trade or art by experience under a skilled worker

apprentice

verb
apprenticed; apprenticing

Kids Definition of apprentice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to set at work as an apprentice He was apprenticed to a carpenter.

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