Definition of journeyman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjərnēmən/

noun (plural journeymen)

1A trained worker who is employed by someone else.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with journeyman


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Syllabification: jour·ney·man

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