from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Schooling, apprenticeship; novitiate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The first service of a soldier; hence, the first rudiments of any art; a novitiate. The word is used by Cowper as a title for a poem on schools.


From Latin tirocinium ("first military campaign", "raw recruit", "inexperience", "first attempt"), from tīro ("young soldier, recruit"). The word is used in the title of William Cowper's poem on schools ("Tirocinium, or A Review of Schools"; 1784). (Wiktionary)



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