apprentice /əˈprɛntɪs/


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).

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