Definition of journeyman in English:


Syllabification: jour·ney·man
Pronunciation: /ˈjərnēmən

noun (plural journeymen)

  • 1A trained worker who is employed by someone else.
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    • As commerce expanded and as trade conditions allowed, the masters trained apprentices and hired journeymen, always within the rules of the guilds they had created.
    • Once certified, master trainers are authorized to train appropriate journeymen to become certified craft instructors.
    • It is known that Major Samuel Lawrence, for example, at times employed apprentice and journeymen shoemakers, so diversifying from purely agricultural production.
  • 1.1A worker or sports player who is reliable but not outstanding: [as modifier]: a solid journeyman professional
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    • I was sort of a journeyman player, played as hard as I could, and was a reasonably intelligent player.
    • But for now, journeymen players and even certain stars would be wise to jump at their first acceptable offers.
    • These aren't necessarily the best prospects at their positions, but you won't find journeymen minor leaguers on the teams, either.


late Middle English: from journey (in the obsolete sense 'day's work') + man; so named because the journeyman was no longer bound by indentures but was paid by the day.

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