Definition of pupillage in English:


Line breaks: pu¦pil|lage
Pronunciation: /ˈpjuːpɪlɪdʒ
(also pupilage)


[mass noun]
  • 1The state of being a pupil or student: Mr Nash asked for information on pupillage [count noun]: he began a three-year pupillage
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    • Three years later she qualified with an honours degree and wrote to Michael Mansfield about her pupillage.
    • But during this long pupillage he had perennially returned to his family's estate to work the vintages, watch and learn.
    • Let us emancipate the student, and give him time and opportunity for the cultivation of his mind, so that in his pupilage he shall not be a puppet in the hands of others, but rather a self-relying and reflecting being.
  • 1.1 Law (In the UK) apprenticeship to a member of the Bar, which qualifies a barrister to practise independently: the first six months of pupillage [count noun]: a few chambers will grant pupillages by open competition
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    • She also received a pupillage checklist, listing the requirements which had substantially to be met during the first six months of pupillage in order in qualify for the issue of a provisional practising certificate.
    • After pupillage (some six months) he decided that he would prefer work as a solicitor.
    • The organisation is responsible for education and training in pupillage, and continuing education for barristers.

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