I. noun 1. a 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.
2. [usu. as modifier] — a beginner • an apprentice barman.
II. verb — [with obj.] (usu. be apprenticed to) 1. employ (someone) as an apprentice • Edward was apprenticed to a printer.
2. [no obj.] —
(N. Amer.) serve as an apprentice
• she apprenticed with midwives in San Francisco.
– origin 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).