What does apprentice mean?

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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:

    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.

  2. Laxman Narasimhan:

    Squawk Box's a unique opportunity for me to apprentice very close to an iconic founder.

  3. Raj Shah:

    Omarosa was fired three times on 'The Apprentice' and this is the fourth time we let her go, she had limited contact with the president while she was here. She has no contact now.

  4. Jimmy Kimmel:

    Now stage one, is, of course, denial. As in, ‘No, the host of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ is not our president, he can’t possibly be’, ‘CNN must have the map wrong, they must have missed a county or something’.

  5. Cameron Heron:

    Carmen Heron, who is speaking out on behalf of her daughter, who is now legally deaf because of SJS, said.I get emotional even thinking about it. Im just so excited for her. She is still dealing with the aftermath of SJS now, and I do worry and think, Is this the life shes going to have ? But now, its not shell have a new life as a mum. For Heron, who was an apprentice chef at a top Sydney restaurant when she became ill, but can no longer work, life changed forever in early 2014, when she was diagnosed with epilepsy. Right away, she was placed on two drugs commonly prescribed to help manage seizures levetiracetam, more commonly known as Keppra, and lamotrigine, sold under the brand name Lamictal. It took three weeks in the hospital before her condition started improving, although she still deals with lasting hearing loss and PTSD from the ordeal. ( PA Real Life) While serious side effects are extremely rare, both drugs carry the risk of triggering a severe cutaneous adverse reaction - such as SJS according to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence( NICE). At first, Heron appeared to be responding well to medication, until a pinprick-like rash appeared in May. I knew right away that it was an allergic reaction, and so I took her to the doctor and asked them to change the medication she was on.

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