Journeyman definition

jûrnē-mən
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An experienced and competent but undistinguished worker.
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One who has fully served an apprenticeship in a trade or craft and is a qualified worker in another's employ.
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The definition of a journeyman is a trained or skilled worker who is qualified to be employed by someone else in a specific trade.

A trained electrician who is beyond the stage of apprentice is an example of a journeyman.

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Any sound, experienced, but not brilliant craftsman or performer.
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(obs.) A worker for a daily wage.
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A worker who has served an apprenticeship and is therefore qualified to work at a specified trade.
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A tradesman who has served an apprenticeship and is employed by a master tradesman.
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A competent but undistinguished tradesman, especially one who works, and is paid by the day.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
journeyman
Plural:
journeymen

Origin of journeyman

  • Middle English journeiman journei a day's work journey man man man

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

  • Old French jornee (“a day's work, a journey”) +‎ -man

    From Wiktionary