Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or period of being a pupil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being a pupil
  • n. The period during which one is a pupil

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being a pupil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being a pupil or scholar, or the period during which one is a pupil.
  • n. The state or period of being a ward or minor.

Etymologies

pupil +‎ -age (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Before, she had been his companion and his pupil; since then, she had been his companion even more frequently, but the idea of pupilage seemed to have been absorbed in the self-abnegation of parental hope and pride.

    A Fool's Errand. By One of the Fools

  • This kind of pupilage was called the _tirocinium fori_, in which a lad should be pursuing his studies for the legal profession, and also his bodily exercises in the Campus Martius, so that he might be ready to serve in the army for the single campaign which was still desirable if not absolutely necessary.

    Social life at Rome in the Age of Cicero

  • 'pupilage' misses the whole point and comes near making nonsense of the passage. cf.

    The Works of Aphra Behn, Volume II

  • A person working as an apprentice stagiaire with a barrister is called a “pupil”, and the apprenticeship is called “pupilage”; with a solicitor he/she is called an “articled clerk” or “trainee solicitor”.

    Attorney, Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor and Notary (English)

  • She said he was properly qualified as an advocate to practice, although he might "need a little pupilage".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Mr. Tyrold hoped it was an entire discontinuance of all pupilage and tutorship; and that Dr. Orkborne might henceforth be considered as a mere family friend.

    Camilla

  • He flattered himself that he had not been idle while he was there, and was now ahout to commence his more advanced stage of pupilage, under the great Mr. Beilby, in London, with hopes which were still good, if they were not so magnificent as they once had been.

    The Claverings

  • The pupil had been, in her state of pupilage, so imbued with the class-custom of stretching out an arm, as if to hail a cab or omnibus, whenever she found she had an observation on hand to offer to Miss

    Our Mutual Friend

  • There may he remain, under safe pupilage, till the newfangled manners of the age have discovered him to be superannuated and bestowed on him a pension.

    Barchester Towers

  • Kaempe Viser, or been under the pupilage of Mr. Petulengro and

    Lavengro

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