- The definition of an apprentice is someone who provides help to a skilled worker in order to learn the trade himself.
An example of an apprentice would be a person who works with an electrician to learn the skills necessary to become a skilled electrician.
- a person under legal agreement to work a specified length of time for a master craftsman in a craft or trade in return for instruction and, formerly, support
- a person who is acquiring a trade, craft, or skill under specified conditions, usually as a member of a labor union
- any learner or beginner; novice
Origin of apprenticeMiddle English aprentis ; from Old French aprentiz ; from aprendre, learn ; from Classical Latin apprehendere, apprehend
- One bound by legal agreement to work for another for a specific amount of time in return for instruction in a trade, art, or business.
- One who is learning a trade or occupation, especially as a member of a labor union.
- A beginner; a learner.
transitive verbap·pren·ticed, ap·pren·tic·ing, ap·pren·tic·es
Origin of apprenticeMiddle English apprentis, from Old French aprentis, from Vulgar Latin *apprēnditīcius, from *apprēnditus, alteration of Latin apprehēnsus, past participle of apprehendere, to seize; see apprehend.
- A trainee, especially in a skilled trade.
- (historical) One who is bound by indentures or by legal agreement to serve a tradesperson, or other person, for a certain time, with a view to learn the art, or trade, in which his master is bound to instruct him.
- (dated) One not well versed in a subject; a tyro or newbie.
(third-person singular simple present apprentices, present participle apprenticing, simple past and past participle apprenticed)
Old French aprentis, plural of aprentif, from the verb aprendre, Late Latin apprendō, from Classical Latin apprehendō.