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.