noun, plural jour·ney·men.
- a person who has served an apprenticeship at a trade or handicraft and is certified to work at it assisting or under another person.
- any experienced, competent but routine worker or performer.
- a person hired to do work for another, usually for a day at a time.
noun plural -men
- a craftsman, artisan, etc, who is qualified to work at his trade in the employment of another
- a competent workman
- (formerly) a worker hired on a daily wage
“qualified worker at a craft or trade who works for wages for another” (a position between apprentice and master), early 15c., from journey (n.), preserving the etymological sense of the word, + man (n.). Figurative depricatory sense of “hireling, drudge” is from 1540s. Its American English colloquial shortening jour (adj.) is attested from 1835.
A skilled artisan who works on hire for master artisans rather than for himself.