Pronunciation: (u-pren'tis), [key]
—n., v., -ticed, -tic•ing.
1. a person who works for another in order to learn a trade: an apprentice to a plumber.
2. Hist.a person legally bound through indenture to a master craftsman in order to learn a trade.
3. a learner; novice; tyro.
4. U.S. Navy.an enlisted person receiving specialized training.
5. a jockey with less than one year's experience who has won fewer than 40 races.
to bind to or place with an employer, master craftsman, or the like, for instruction in a trade.
to serve as an apprentice: He apprenticed for 14 years under a master silversmith.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.