• WordNet 3.6
    • v apprentice be or work as an apprentice "She apprenticed with the great master"
    • n apprentice works for an expert to learn a trade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first ring donuts were produced in 1847 by a 15 year old baker's apprentice, Hanson Gregory, who knocked the soggy center out of a fried doughnut.
    • Apprentice (Old law) A barrister, considered a learner of law till of sixteen years' standing, when he might be called to the rank of serjeant.
    • Apprentice One not well versed in a subject; a tyro.
    • Apprentice One who is bound by indentures or by legal agreement to serve a mechanic, 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.
    • v. t Apprentice To bind to, or put under the care of, a master, for the purpose of instruction in a trade or business.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: John Philip Sousa enlisted in the Marines at age 13. He worked as an apprentice in the band.
    • n apprentice One who is bound by indenture to serve some particular individual or company for a specified time, in order to learn some art, trade, profession, manufacture, etc., in which his master or masters become bound to instruct him.
    • n apprentice A learner in any department; one only slightly versed in a subject; a novice.
    • n apprentice In old English law, a barrister of less than sixteen years' standing. After this period he might be called to the rank of serjeant.
    • apprentice To bind to or put under the care of a master, for the purpose of instruction in some art, trade, or profession; indenture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apprentice ap-prent′is one bound to another to learn a trade or art: one learning the rudiments of anything, a novice
    • v.t Apprentice to bind as an apprentice
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  • Ernest Hemingway
    “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. apprentice, prentice, OF. aprentis, nom. of aprentif, fr. apprendare, to learn, L. apprendere, equiv. to apprehendere, to take hold of (by the mind), to comprehend. See Apprehend Prentice


In literature:

I'm not your apprentice.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
One who is covenanted to serve another on condition of being instructed in an art, and ships' apprentices are to the same effect.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Workers at the Gobelins numbered as many as two hundred fifty, and apprentices were legion.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
Called on Mr Rothschild at New Court; solicited him to speak with Wertheimer the printer to take N. N.'s son as apprentice.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
Lily, her Pa's own daughter, easily obtained information from the apprentices themselves which she afterward repeated to him.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
As early as 1837 an attempt was made to establish a naval apprentice system.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
You will have to become an apprentice boy.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
As a young apprentice he had studied the steam engine, and had resolved that he would improve it by doing away with the crank.
"Peter Cooper" by Rossiter W. Raymond
They are attended by journeymen and apprentices who come recommended by their employers.
"The Condition and Tendencies of Technical Education in Germany" by Arthur Henry Chamberlain
We had a journeyman and an apprentice, and you were our servant, Martha.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen

In poetry:

And craftsmen came from foreign lands,
Italian, German and Jew--
Apprentices and fellow-craftsmen,
And master-masons, too.
"Betzko" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
But when his friends did understand
His fond and foolish mind,
They sent him up to fair Lond-on
An apprentice for to bind.
"The Bailiff's Daughter Of Islington" by Henry Morley
His aunt was poor, his parents gone;
Th' unhappy lot of many a one;
Was plac'd, when he his play forsook,
Apprentice to a pastry-cook.
"Preferment" by William Hutton
The chief mate looks into our half-deck; says he,
"The drift ice is clinking all over the sea."
And the youngest apprentice is shivering and white
As she rollicks and rambles for home through the night.
"Home Round The Horn" by Bill Adams

In news:

On an interview tour to promote his new book, "Everyday Is An Atheist Holiday," Penn offers some insight into their act, Donald Trump, The Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing With the Stars.
'Celebrity Apprentice': Aubrey O'Day not AWOL for long.
NBC Aubrey O'Day walked off the "Celebrity Apprentice" set after tangling with Arsenio Hall.
'Celebrity Apprentice' recap: Michael Andretti takes the backseat in car task.
Sixteen-year-old Arik (Tuval Shafir) becomes an apprentice to Yankele Bride (Adir Miller), a matchmaker with eccentric practices.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Laura R Zalar, sister of Kristin A Zalar of Aurora, recently completed US Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Devante T Hamilton, son of Krystal A and Ricky W Hamilton of Georgiana, Ala.
Marlborough – Navy Fireman Apprentice Alexa N Hamilton-Decker, daughter of Lisa E Decker, of Marlborough, and David I Hamilton, of Frederick, Md.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Benjamin D Stephenson, the son of Alyson and Douglas Stephenson of Bainbridge Island, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Gavin S Ayers, a 2011 graduate of Plainfield High School, recently completed US Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Jordan V Whiddon recently completed US Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Whiddon is the son of Karla M Benoit and grandson of Billy J and Shirley M Fowler of Hull.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Katie A Powers, daughter of Stanley J Kelly, of Cassadaga, recently completed US Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Sir Roy said apprentices still had a strong role to play.
'Celebrity Apprentice': Aubrey O'Day fired in boardroom shocker.
NBC Donald Trump fired Aubrey O'Day in the opening minutes of tonight's "Celebrity Apprentice".

In science:

In his 5th year of studies in what became the Moscow Physicotechnical Institute, he was a student-apprentice researcher in the Heat Engineering Lab, now called the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
Matthias Steffen worked very closely with me for about two years and a half, first as an apprentice, but increasingly as a great co-worker.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
He became the apprentice to an electrician and learned electrical wiring of houses.
The Roland De Witte 1991 Detection of Absolute Motion and Gravitational Waves
He decided to stop work as an apprentice and go to school.
The Roland De Witte 1991 Detection of Absolute Motion and Gravitational Waves
Armstrong, R.; Freitag, T.; Joachims, T. and Mitchell, T. 1995. WebWatcher: A learning apprentice for the World Wide Web, In Proceedings 1995 AAAI Spring Symposium on Information Gathering from Heterogeneous, Distributed Environments, AAAI Press.
Machine Learning of User Profiles: Representational Issues