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trainee

[trey-nee] /treɪˈni/
noun
1.
a person being trained, especially in a vocation; apprentice.
2.
an enlisted person undergoing military training.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; train + -ee
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  • By chance, a group of trainee teachers has met for coffee and a chat after two-week stints teaching abroad.
  • As for her trainee, he was photographed with milk-white shanks exposed unkindly to the elements.
  • Still another trainee talked about the work schedule.
  • Woe to the trainee who let the pain show in his face.
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British Dictionary definitions for trainee

trainee

/treɪˈniː/
noun
1.
  1. a person undergoing training
  2. (as modifier): a trainee journalist
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Word Origin and History for trainee
n.

1841, from train (v.) + -ee.

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