What does apprentice mean?

Definitions for apprentice
əˈprɛn tɪsap·pren·tice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apprentice, learner, prenticeverb

    works for an expert to learn a trade

  2. apprenticeverb

    be or work as an apprentice

    "She apprenticed with the great master"


  1. apprenticenoun

    A trainee, especially in a skilled trade.

  2. apprenticenoun

    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.

  3. apprenticenoun

    One not well versed in a subject; a tyro or newbie.

  4. apprenticeverb

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

  5. apprenticeverb

    To be an apprentice to.

    Joe apprenticed three different photographers before setting up his own studio.

  6. Etymology: aprentis, plural of aprentif, from the verb aprendre, apprendo, from Classical apprehendo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    One that is bound by covenant, to serve another man of trade, for a certain term of years, upon condition, that the artificer, or tradesman, shall, in the mean time, endeavour to instruct him in his art or mystery. John Cowell

    Etymology: apprenti, Fr.

    Love enjoined such diligence, that no apprentice, no, no bond slave could ever be more ready than that young princess was. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    He found him such an apprentice, as knew well enough how to set up for himself. Henry Wotton.

    This rule sets the painter at liberty; it teaches him, that he ought not to be subject himself servilely, and be bound like an apprentice to the rules of his art. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

  2. To Apprenticeverb

    To put out to a master as an apprentice.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Him portion’d maids, apprentic’d orphans blest,
    The young who labour, and the old who rest. Alexander Pope, Epist.


  1. apprentice

    Apprenticeship is a system for training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study (classroom work and reading). Apprenticeships can also enable practitioners to gain a license to practice in a regulated occupation. Most of their training is done while working for an employer who helps the apprentices learn their trade or profession, in exchange for their continued labor for an agreed period after they have achieved measurable competencies. Apprenticeship lengths vary significantly across sectors, professions, roles and cultures. In some cases, people who successfully complete an apprenticeship can reach the "journeyman" or professional certification level of competence. In other cases, they can be offered a permanent job at the company that provided the placement. Although the formal boundaries and terminology of the apprentice/journeyman/master system often do not extend outside guilds and trade unions, the concept of on-the-job training leading to competence over a period of years is found in any field of skilled labor.


  1. apprentice

    An apprentice is a person who is learning a trade or skill from a skilled worker through practical experience, often as part of an agreed time period. This usually involves being under supervision or mentorship while performing this work in exchange for further developing their abilities in the specific field or craft.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apprenticenoun

    one who is bound by indentures or by legal agreement to serve a mechanic, 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

  2. Apprenticenoun

    one not well versed in a subject; a tyro

  3. Apprenticenoun

    a barrister, considered a learner of law till of sixteen years' standing, when he might be called to the rank of serjeant

  4. Apprenticeverb

    to bind to, or put under the care of, a master, for the purpose of instruction in a trade or business

  5. Etymology: [OE. apprentice, prentice, OF. aprentis, nom. of aprentif, fr. apprendare to learn, L. apprendere, equiv. to apprehendere, to take hold of (by the mind), to comprehend. See Apprehend, Prentice.]


  1. Apprentice

    Apprentice is a program that assists in playing Magic: The Gathering over the Internet and maintains a searchable database of Magic cards. It was developed by Dragonstar Studios from 1996 to 1999 and based on an earlier program from 1995 by Tan Thor Jen. Christopher Warden, owner of Dragonstar Studios, acquired the code for the original 1995 Apprentice, which was written in Visual Basic. It was then ported to Delphi by Mike Allen and after creation of the 1.0 port development was continued by Ryan Davis. The last release was in the version 1.4 branch and a 2.0 branch, developed by Davis, was promised in the future. However, Dragonstar Studios disbanded. In 2007 Apprentice 2.0 was open sourced. In 2012 Apprentice started being updated again, the new website is http://apprentice.nu

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apprentice

    ap-prent′is, n. one bound to another to learn a trade or art: one learning the rudiments of anything, a novice.—v.t. to bind as an apprentice.—ns. Apprent′icehood (Shak.), apprenticeship; Apprent′iceship, the state of an apprentice: a term of practical training: specially, a period of seven years.—To serve apprenticeship, to undergo the training of an apprentice. [O. Fr. aprentis, aprendre, to learn—L. apprehendĕre. See Apprehend.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. apprentice

    One who is covenanted to serve another on condition of being instructed in an art, and ships' apprentices are to the same effect. Boys under eighteen years of age bound to masters of merchant ships were exempted from impressment for three years from the date of their indentures; which documents were in duplicate, and exempt from stamp duty.

Editors Contribution

  1. apprentice

    To work with a person, people, business, company, enterprise or organization to learn a specific variety of skills with a defined training program and pathway to employment

    The apprentice coder is welcomed into the team to share with the other people with the necessary experience, expertise and skill.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apprentice in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apprentice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of apprentice in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    In all fairness, I don't want it to sound trivial, NBC renewed 'The Apprentice,' because we had a great season last season. And they would love me not to be doing this, I will tell you right now.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    He's not taking the responsibility, the possibility of being president of the United States really seriously. For him, it looks as though he's an actor playing a role of the candidate for president. Not boning up on the issues, not having a broad sense of the responsibilities of what it is to be a president, across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things as though he's still on 'The Apprentice.'.

  3. Robert L. Kruse, Data Structures and Program Design:

    An apprentice carpenter may want only a hammer and saw, but a master craftsman employs many precision tools. Computer programming likewise requires sophisticated tools to cope with the complexity of real applications, and only practice with these tools will build skill in their use.

  4. Donald Trump:

    This is a guy who’s built an empire of amazing hotels and golf courses and real estate buildings and everything else, I mean everything the man ever touched, ‘The Apprentice’ right, turned to gold.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Many of those comments are made as an entertainer, because I did' The Apprentice.' The Apprentice was one of the top shows on television. I decided not to do The Apprentice again because I wanted to run for president. But some comments are made as an entertainer. And, as everybody said, as an entertainer [ The Apprentice ] is The Apprentice.

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