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journeyman

[jur-nee-muhn]
noun, plural journeymen.
1.
a person who has served an apprenticeship at a trade or handicraft and is certified to work at it assisting or under another person.
2.
any experienced, competent but routine worker or performer.
3.
a person hired to do work for another, usually for a day at a time.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English journeman, equivalent to journee a day's work (see journey) + man man1

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journeyman (ˈdʒɜːnɪmən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  a craftsman, artisan, etc, who is qualified to work at his trade in the employment of another
2.  a competent workman
3.  (formerly) a worker hired on a daily wage
 
[C15: from journey (in obsolete sense: a day's work) + man]

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journeyman definition


A skilled artisan who works on hire for master artisans rather than for himself.

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