American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who has fully served an apprenticeship in a trade or craft and is a qualified worker in another's employ.
- n. An experienced and competent but undistinguished worker.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man hired to work by the day; a day-worker.
- n. A workman or mechanic who has served his apprenticeship; specifically, a qualified mechanic employed in the exercise of his trade, as distinguished from a master mechanic or a foreman.
- n. In astronomy, a secondary clock in an observatory: used, generally, as an intermediary in the comparison of standard clocks: more fully, journeyman clock.
- n. a tradesman who has served an apprenticeship and is employed by a master tradesman
- n. a competent but undistinguished tradesman, especially one who works, and is paid by the day
- n. sports a player who plays on many different teams during the course of his career
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Formerly, a man hired to work by the day; now, commonly, one who has finished an apprenticeship and is a competent worker in a handicraft or trade, but has not received recognition as a master; -- distinguished from
apprenticeand from master workman.
- n. A competent and experienced worker who performs adequately but without a high level of expertise or imagination.
- n. a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
- Old French jornee ("a day's work, a journey") + -man (Wiktionary)
- Middle English journeiman : journei, a day's work; see journey + man, man; see man. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At this point, as the name journeyman implies, you get some confidence-boosting independence and a significant pay raise.”
“Before the term "journeyman" permanently affixed itself to his resume.”
“• Canada starting pitcher Mike Johnson gives new meaning to the term journeyman righthander.”
“_ -- Three or four years since, a paragraph went the round of the press, deriving the English word "journeyman" from the custom of travelling among work-men in Germany.”
“In any event, after some success, incorporation into the guild and employment as journeyman is all but inevitable for almost everyone who has had even modest success in the marketplace; the guild is eager to remove such authentic literary writers from the marketplace as soon as possible, to eliminate the competition.”
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“Next morning I called the journeyman aside in secret.”
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