- a person who works for another in order to learn a trade: an apprentice to a plumber.
- History/Historical. a person legally bound through indenture to a master craftsman in order to learn a trade.
- a learner; novice; tyro.
- U.S. Navy. an enlisted person receiving specialized training.
- a jockey with less than one year’s experience who has won fewer than 40 races.
verb (used with object), ap·pren·ticed, ap·pren·tic·ing.
- to bind to or place with an employer, master craftsman, or the like, for instruction in a trade.
verb (used without object), ap·pren·ticed, ap·pren·tic·ing.
- to serve as an apprentice: He apprenticed for 14 years under a master silversmith.
- someone who works for a skilled or qualified person in order to learn a trade or profession, esp for a recognized period
- any beginner or novice
- (tr) to take, place, or bind as an apprentice
c.1300, from Old French aprentiz “someone learning” (13c., Modern French apprenti, taking the older form as a plural), also as an adjective, “unskilled, inexperienced,” from aprendre (Modern French apprendre) “to learn; to teach,” contracted from Latin apprehendere (see apprehend). Shortened form prentice long was more usual in English.
1630s, from apprentice (n.). Related: Apprenticed; apprenticing.