Adjective "apprentice" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A person who is learning a trade from a skilled employer, having agreed to work for a fixed period at low wages.
  1. 'This language has an old-fashioned ring, and was designed for a minor becoming an apprentice in a skilled trade.'
  2. 'Trade apprentices are charged the fee for the two 10-week periods they spend as part of their training at the colleges.'
  3. 'In the past the minimum wage never applied to apprentices who were employed under the Apprenticeship Act.'
  4. 'It is often asserted that by keeping wages low for apprentices, employers will automatically take more on.'
  5. 'Others might go for a while to a secondary school to receive further instruction in reading, writing, and arithmetic, and then be sent for training in crafts or trades, often as apprentices to a master in whose household they would live.'
  6. 'Around 150 skilled men joined the apprentices in protest.'
  7. 'It doesn't matter how much money we give employers to take on apprentices in tradition trades - in gas fitting, in tiling, in welding and carpentry.'
  8. 'Many of the rest are working for their families, on the land, in small artisanal businesses, or as apprentices in trades that their families have carried out for generations.'
  9. 'In preparation for this four-year course he has been attempting to find a plumber who would be willing to take him on during this period as an apprentice.'
  10. 'Younger members of the family came into the business as apprentices, learning the trade, and eventually inheriting the business.'
  11. 'an apprentice barman'
  12. 'We can no longer think of ourselves as apprentice angels.'
  13. 'So now we have ‘chief entrepreneurs’ - but perhaps we need some other titles, such as apprentice entrepreneur?'
  14. 'And this apprentice Goon will sadly mourn his passing.'
  15. 'The stricken animal tangled with another horse, Don Argento, felling his fellow apprentice jockey.'
  16. 'The station was loaded up with apprentice bingo callers and Algonquin grads who were grateful to have a job.'
  17. 'To help young jockeys get a foothold in the sport, those under 26 can claim a weight allowance in certain races (they are known as apprentice jockeys).'
  18. 'Each summer, the company invites a boatload of bright young apprentice singers, all hoping for some quality stage experience.'
  19. 'The Cappagh County Waterford rider was crowned leading apprentice jockey in England for 2004 and he celebrated by riding a winner at Royal Ascot.'
  20. 'Including the source code in a virus is like adding DIY instructions for apprentice hackers, since it makes it easier for the less-skilled to make many more versions of new viruses.'


Employ (someone) as an apprentice.
  1. 'This was also the period in which young women were apprenticed to seamstresses, to prepare their trousseau and be initiated into the skills of seduction.'
  2. 'At about the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to a sign painter in whose shop his work included painting tinned cans.'
  3. 'At twelve, he was apprenticed to his brother James, who had set up as a printer.'
  4. 'He was apprenticed to a local painter-decorator, 1905-9, then studied at the Dresden School of Arts and Crafts, 1910-14.'
  5. 'Following the death of his brother Geoff, in 1947, he was apprenticed to his father, a renowned blacksmith's farrier.'
  6. 'I was apprenticed to my father, but there was no joy in working with him.'
  7. 'He left the Blue Coat School at 14, when he was apprenticed to the grocery trade.'
  8. 'In 1706 he was apprenticed to a printer (as his father could not afford to enter him for the Church), and in 1715 he was admitted a freeman of the Stationers' Company.'
  9. 'At the age of 15 years, he was apprenticed to an ironmaster's firm in Aberdeen, but a breakdown in health prevented him from continuing this pursuit.'
  10. 'The artist may be said to have been his own master, because, even when he was apprenticed to a painter he was taught less than he already knew.'
  11. 'she apprenticed with midwives in San Francisco'
  12. 'There she apprenticed for three years with a Portuguese framer.'
  13. 'Michel spent a year apprenticing but he's clumsy and often drunk, so nobody really trusts him.'
  14. 'Then they apprenticed with one of their parents for a year.'
  15. 'He's apprenticing as a merchant in Olbeer now, so I only hope he's not getting into trouble.'
  16. 'He apprenticed with his father, a watchmaker, before moving to Switzerland, to work as a journeyman in Basel, and then to Neuchatel to study watchmaking.'
  17. 'It is also part of the way of Wicca that those who have apprenticed and learned their lessons from their teachers eventually leave to start their own group.'
  18. 'Sons apprenticed with dads, and daughters learned from moms.'
  19. 'What am I apprenticing for that would require… this?'
  20. 'I apprenticed for a well known barrel racer my last year.'
  21. 'Instead of going to college, young Taylor opted to go to work at the racetrack, where he apprenticed in nearly every phase of training Thoroughbreds.'

More definitions

1. a person who works for another in order to learn a trade: an apprentice to a plumber.

2. History/Historical. a person legally bound through indenture to a master craftsman in order to learn a trade.

3. a learner; novice; tyro.

4. U.S. Navy. an enlisted person receiving specialized training.

5. a jockey with less than one year's experience who has won fewer than 40 races. verb (used with object), apprenticed, apprenticing.

6. to bind to or place with an employer, master craft

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be apprentice."

"electricians can be apprentice."

"schemes can be apprentice."

"riders can be apprentice."

"marchers can be apprentice."

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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).