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pren·tice

 (prĕn′tĭs)
n. Archaic
An apprentice.

prentice

(ˈprɛntɪs)
n
an archaic word for apprentice

ap•pren•tice

(əˈprɛn tɪs)

n., v. -ticed, -tic•ing. n.
1. a person who works for another in order to learn a trade: an apprentice to a plumber.
2. a person legally bound through indenture to a master craftsman in order to learn a trade.
3. learner; novice.
v.t.
4. to bind to or place with an employer, master craftsman, or the like, for instruction in a trade.
v.i.
5. to serve as an apprentice.
[1300–50; < Anglo-French, Old French ap(p)rentiz < Vulgar Latin *apprendit(us), for Latin apprehēnsus, past participle of apprehendere to apprehend]
ap•pren′tice•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prentice - works for an expert to learn a tradeprentice - works for an expert to learn a trade
beginner, initiate, tiro, tyro, novice - someone new to a field or activity
printer's devil - an apprentice in a printing establishment
References in classic literature ?
Sim Tappertit, among the other fancies upon which his before- mentioned soul was for ever feasting and regaling itself (and which fancies, like the liver of Prometheus, grew as they were fed upon), had a mighty notion of his order; and had been heard by the servant-maid openly expressing his regret that the 'prentices no longer carried clubs wherewith to mace the citizens: that was his strong expression.
The tolls are high, And every city levies its own toll, And prentices are unskilful, and wives even Lack sense and cunning, though Bianca here Has brought me a rich customer to-night.
'You're a going to be made a 'prentice of, Oliver.'
For weeks too, if not for months, she adhered to her determination not to read him, though I, having come to my senses and seen that there is a place for the 'prentice, was taking a pleasure, almost malicious, in putting 'The Master of Ballantrae' in her way.
They that be born in a business always know more about it than any 'prentice. Besides, that's only just a show of something for you to do, that you midn't feel beholden."
I knew my way to the Battery, pretty straight, for I had been down there on a Sunday with Joe, and Joe, sitting on an old gun, had told me that when I was 'prentice to him regularly bound, we would have such Larks there!
Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little 'prentice boy on deck.
'prentice to him at Lymington in the year of the Black Death.
Indeed, I am beginning to have some idea of asking you to take me on as a sort of student, or free 'prentice, under you, and to let me go about with you sometimes, and see some of these odd nooks in which you pass your days.'
'Wos you ever called in,' inquired Sam, glancing at the driver, after a short silence, and lowering his voice to a mysterious whisper--'wos you ever called in, when you wos 'prentice to a sawbones, to wisit a postboy.'