Apprentice Definition

ə-prĕntĭs
apprenticed, apprentices, apprenticing
noun
apprentices
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.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
One who is learning a trade or occupation, especially as a member of a labor union.
American Heritage
A person who is acquiring a trade, craft, or skill under specified conditions, usually as a member of a labor union.
Webster's New World
A beginner; a learner.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
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verb
apprenticed, apprentices, apprenticing
To place or take on as a beginner or learner.
American Heritage
To place or accept as an apprentice.
Webster's New World
To work or train as an apprentice.
Webster's New World

To put under the care and supervision of a master, for the purpose of instruction in a trade or business.

Wiktionary
To be an apprentice to.
Joe apprenticed three different photographers before setting up his own studio.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
  • house-train
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Other Word Forms of Apprentice

Noun

Singular:
apprentice
Plural:
apprentices

Origin of Apprentice

  • Middle English apprentis from Old French aprentis from Vulgar Latin apprēnditīcius from apprēnditus alteration of Latin apprehēnsus past participle of apprehendere to seize apprehend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French aprentis, plural of aprentif, from the verb aprendre, Late Latin apprendō, from Classical Latin apprehendō.

    From Wiktionary

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