from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who has fully served an apprenticeship in a trade or craft and is a qualified worker in another's employ.
- n. An experienced and competent but undistinguished worker.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a tradesman who has served an apprenticeship and is employed by a master tradesman
- n. a competent but undistinguished tradesman, especially one who works, and is paid by the day
- n. a player who plays on many different teams during the course of his career
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Formerly, a man hired to work by the day; now, commonly, one who has finished an apprenticeship and is a competent worker in a handicraft or trade, but has not received recognition as a master; -- distinguished from
apprenticeand from master workman.
- n. A competent and experienced worker who performs adequately but without a high level of expertise or imagination.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man hired to work by the day; a day-worker.
- n. A workman or mechanic who has served his apprenticeship; specifically, a qualified mechanic employed in the exercise of his trade, as distinguished from a master mechanic or a foreman.
- n. In astronomy, a secondary clock in an observatory: used, generally, as an intermediary in the comparison of standard clocks: more fully, journeyman clock.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
Middle English journeiman : journei, a day's work; see journey + man, man; see man.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French jornee ("a day's work, a journey") + -man (Wiktionary)