Journeyman



[jur-nee-muh n] /ˈdʒɜr ni mən/

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.
/ˈdʒɜːnɪmən/
noun (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
n.

“qualified worker at a craft or trade who works for wages for another” (a position between apprentice and master), early 15c., from journey (n.), preserving the etymological sense of the word, + man (n.). Figurative depricatory sense of “hireling, drudge” is from 1540s. Its American English colloquial shortening jour (adj.) is attested from 1835.

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

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