noun col·league \ˈkä-(ˌ)lēg\

: a person who works with you : a fellow worker

Full Definition of COLLEAGUE

:  an associate in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office
col·league·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of COLLEAGUE

  1. A colleague of mine will be speaking at the conference.
  2. <on her first day at work her colleagues went out of their way to make her feel welcome>
  3. Not since Cronkite's CBS mentor and colleague Edward R. Murrow lifted Senator Joe McCarthy by the skunk tail for public inspection had one TV broadcast reflected such a fateful climate change in public opinion. —James Wolcott, Vanity Fair, June 2003


Middle French collegue, from Latin collega, from com- + legare to depute — more at legate
First Known Use: circa 1533
COLLEAGUES Defined for Kids


noun col·league \ˈkä-ˌlēg\

Definition of COLLEAGUE for Kids

:  an associate in a profession :  a fellow worker


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