1. One who is bound by indentures or by legal agreement to serve a mechanic, or other person, for a certain time, with a view to learn the art, or trade, in which his master is bound to instruct him.

2. One not well versed in a subject; a tyro.

3. A barrister, considered a learner of law till of sixteen years' standing, when he might be called to the rank of serjeant.

Origin: OE. Apprentice, prentice, OF. Aprentis, nom. Of aprentif, fr. Apprendare to learn, L. Apprendere, equiv. To apprehendere, to take hold of (by the mind), to comprehend. See Apprehend, Prentice.

(01 Mar 1998)

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