From Middle English apprentice, apprentesse, apprentyse, apprentis, from Old French aprentis, plural of aprentif, from Old French aprendre (verb), Late Latin apprendō, from Classical Latin apprehendō.
apprentice (plural apprentices)
- A trainee, especially in a skilled trade.
- (historical) One who is bound by indentures or by legal agreement to serve a tradesperson, or other person, for a certain time, with a view to learn the art, or trade, in which his master is bound to instruct him.
- (dated) One not well versed in a subject; a tyro or newbie.
apprentice (third-person singular simple present apprentices, present participle apprenticing, simple past and past participle apprenticed)
- (transitive) To put under the care and supervision of a master, for the purpose of instruction in a trade or business.
- (transitive) To be an apprentice to.