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

  • n. Archaic An apprentice.

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  • n. An apprentice.
  • v. To apprentice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An apprentice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apprentice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. works for an expert to learn a trade


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An old (Middle English) aphetic form of apprentice; that is, a form which lost the unstressed initial vowel a and reduced the initial double pp to a single p.


  • Later, as soon as I was relieved, I hurried down to the 'prentice's berth.

    The Ghost Pirates: Chapter 2

  • "Not 'again,' Mr. Levy; and my 'prentice' hand, if you don't mind."

    Mr. Justice Raffles

  • Before to-day I had thought the 'prentice's life the merriest life in the world.

    Sir Ludar A Story of the Days of the Great Queen Bess

  • The horse splashed the 'prentice's eyes and mouth full of mud as the stranger galloped away.

    The Day of Wrath

  • If you put the "'prentice" in it, show nothing more than his paper cap, because he will be an important character in the story, and you will need to know more about him as he is minutely described.

    The Letters of Charles Dickens Vol. 1 (of 3), 1833-1856

  • Keeping these latter words to himself, and returning his daughter's nod, he was passing into the workshop, with the smile she had awakened still beaming on his face, when he just caught sight of his 'prentice's brown paper cap ducking down to avoid observation, and shrinking from the window back to its former place, which the wearer no sooner reached than he began to hammer lustily.

    Barnaby Rudge

  • a going to 'prentice' you: and to set you up in life, and make a man of you: although the expense to the parish is three pound ten!

    Oliver Twist

  • On October 10 the 'prentice' Henham writes: 'My master Betson is right well amended, blessed be Jesus, and he is past all doubts of sickness and he takes the sustenance right well, and as for physicians, there come none unto him, for he hath no need of them.' [

    Medieval People

  • And what though I see a 'prentice's flat cap in this pretty palm, yet there is a sparking black eye under it, hath not its match in the Ward of Farringdon-Without. "

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Twenty years later, with the Protestant Elizabeth firmly on the throne, English Catholic exiles working from Douai and Rheims in France began producing a new Catholic English Bible, on the principle that if English translations were now unstoppable and "in the hands of every husbandman, artificer, prentice, boys, girls, mistress, maid" then they should at least get it right.

    The King James Bible reconsidered | David Edgar


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