Definition of pupillage in English:

pupillage

(also pupilage)

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The state of being a pupil or student:

    ‘Mr Nash asked for information on pupillage’
    [count noun] ‘he began a three-year pupillage’
    • ‘Unfortunately, no trace of the Royal High School's curriculum for writing and bookkeeping at the precise time of Scott's pupilage survives.’
    • ‘Three years later she qualified with an honours degree and wrote to Michael Mansfield about her pupillage.’
    • ‘Let us emancipate the student, and give him time and opportunity for the cultivation of his mind, so that in his pupilage he shall not be a puppet in the hands of others, but rather a self-relying and reflecting being.’
    • ‘But during this long pupillage he had perennially returned to his family's estate to work the vintages, watch and learn.’
    1. 1.1Law (in the UK) apprenticeship to a member of the Bar, which qualifies a barrister to practise independently:
      ‘the first six months of pupillage’
      [count noun] ‘a few chambers will grant pupillages by open competition’
      • ‘The organisation is responsible for education and training in pupillage, and continuing education for barristers.’
      • ‘She also received a pupillage checklist, listing the requirements which had substantially to be met during the first six months of pupillage in order in qualify for the issue of a provisional practising certificate.’
      • ‘‘Everyone knows it's really hard to become a barrister,’ says Mark, who after a recent pupillage has just failed to secure a permanent job in chambers.’
      • ‘After pupillage (some six months) he decided that he would prefer work as a solicitor.’
      • ‘This will be the first year of operation of the scheme providing for pupils to be paid a minimum wage during their pupillage.’

Pronunciation:

pupillage

/ˈpjuːpɪlɪdʒ/