Definition of apprentice in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpren(t)əs/


1A person who is learning a trade from a skilled employer, having agreed to work for a fixed period at low wages: [as modifier]: an apprentice electrician
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  • It doesn't matter how much money we give employers to take on apprentices in tradition trades - in gas fitting, in tiling, in welding and carpentry.
  • It is often asserted that by keeping wages low for apprentices, employers will automatically take more on.
  • This language has an old-fashioned ring, and was designed for a minor becoming an apprentice in a skilled trade.
trainee, learner, probationer, novice, beginner, starter, cadet, tenderfoot;
pupil, student
informal rookie, newbie, greenhorn
1.1 [usually as modifier] A beginner at something: an apprentice confidence trickster
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  • Trainers use apprentice riders because they get a five-pound weight advantage.
  • Rose, 26, of State College, Pennsylvania, won the Eclipse Award outstanding apprentice jockey in 2001.
  • The station was loaded up with apprentice bingo callers and Algonquin grads who were grateful to have a job.


[with object]
1Employ (someone) as an apprentice: Edward was apprenticed to a printer
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  • In 1706 he was apprenticed to a printer (as his father could not afford to enter him for the Church), and in 1715 he was admitted a freeman of the Stationers' Company.
  • At about the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to a sign painter in whose shop his work included painting tinned cans.
  • Following the death of his brother Geoff, in 1947, he was apprenticed to his father, a renowned blacksmith's farrier.
1.1 [no object] North American Serve as an apprentice: she apprenticed with midwives in San Francisco
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  • He founded his own business in the mid 1970s, and by 2004, at least fifteen master artists currently heading their own studios had apprenticed under him.
  • Either you apprentice with a Master or inherit the job.
  • What am I apprenticing for that would require… this?


Middle English: from Old French aprentis (from apprendre 'learn', from Latin apprehendere 'apprehend'), on the pattern of words ending in -tis, -tif, from Latin -tivus (see -ive).

Words that rhyme with apprentice

compos mentis, in loco parentis, prentice

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Syllabification: ap·pren·tice

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