apprenticeship


noun

  1. a person who works for another in order to learn a trade: an apprentice to a plumber.
  2. History/Historical. a person legally bound through indenture to a master craftsman in order to learn a trade.
  3. a learner; novice; tyro.
  4. U.S. Navy. an enlisted person receiving specialized training.
  5. a jockey with less than one year’s experience who has won fewer than 40 races.

verb (used with object), ap·pren·ticed, ap·pren·tic·ing.

  1. to bind to or place with an employer, master craftsman, or the like, for instruction in a trade.

verb (used without object), ap·pren·ticed, ap·pren·tic·ing.

  1. to serve as an apprentice: He apprenticed for 14 years under a master silversmith.

noun

  1. someone who works for a skilled or qualified person in order to learn a trade or profession, esp for a recognized period
  2. any beginner or novice

verb

  1. (tr) to take, place, or bind as an apprentice
n.

1590s, from apprentice (n.) + -ship. Replaced earlier apprenticehood (late 14c., with -hood).

n.

c.1300, from Old French aprentiz “someone learning” (13c., Modern French apprenti, taking the older form as a plural), also as an adjective, “unskilled, inexperienced,” from aprendre (Modern French apprendre) “to learn; to teach,” contracted from Latin apprehendere (see apprehend). Shortened form prentice long was more usual in English.

v.

1630s, from apprentice (n.). Related: Apprenticed; apprenticing.

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