- 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)