Padawan n.

in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: an apprentice Jedi; also (often humorously) in extended and allusive use: a youthful, naive, or untrained person

Frequently in young Padawan, esp. as a form of address.

[perh. suggested by padwar, a rank in the Martian military roughly equivalent to a lieutenant, in the Barsoom series of Edgar Rice Burroughs]

Star Wars

  • 1973 G. Lucas Journal of Whills (MS draft) in L. Dowling Star Wars Year by Year (2010) 29/1 George Lucas

    This is the story of Mace Windy…as related to us by C.J. Thorpe, padawaan learner to the famed Jedi.

  • 2000 G. Lucas Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace 4 George Lucas

    Not at the expense of the moment. Be mindful of the living Force, my young Padawan.

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antedating 1973

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