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[pren-tis] /ˈprɛn tɪs/
noun, verb, Informal.
Origin of prentice
1250-1300; Middle English; aphetic form of apprentice
Related forms
underprentice, noun


[pren-tis] /ˈprɛn tɪs/
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • For even Mrs. prentices kindness to them had not cleared away all the troubles for Jess Morse.

  • He and his 'prentices were all at the broad-sword exercise in the hall as I came by.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The 'prentices now mockingly congratulate David on his successful wooing.

  • Death to all masters, life to all 'prentices, and love to all fair damsels.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The music of this episode, especially the 'prentices' chorus, is bright and graceful.

  • To these the prentices were joined, and every street and every lane in London ran a river of men.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • We lads of Offal Court do strive against each other with the cudgel, like to the fashion of the 'prentices, sometimes.

    The Prince and The Pauper, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • This was a London mob, prentices and artisans for the most part.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • Aboard many of the boats to which they came the entire crew, skipper and all, were 'prentices not more than twenty years old.

  • The prentices and men of London are killing Flemish weavers, sire, not far away. '

    Long Will Florence Converse
British Dictionary definitions for prentices


an archaic word for apprentice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for prentices



c.1300, shortened form of apprentice (n.). As a verb from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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