col·​league | \ ˈkä-(ˌ)lēg How to pronounce colleague (audio) \

Definition of colleague

: an associate or coworker typically in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office and often of similar rank or state : a fellow worker or professional

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colleagueship \ ˈkä-​(ˌ)lēg-​ˌship How to pronounce colleague (audio) \ noun

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Which of the following words come from the same source as colleague: College,    legacy,    collaborate,    allegation,    collar,    relegate,    delegate?

It might be easier to guess if you know that the ancestor in question is legare, a Latin verb meaning "to choose or send as a deputy or emissary or "to bequeath." All of the words in the list above except collaborate (which comes from the Latin collaborare, meaning "to labor together") and collar (from collum, Latin for neck) are descendants of legare."

Examples of colleague in a Sentence

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 My colleague Gene Sperling and I were standing over my speakerphone, but for all Mario Cuomo knew we were on our knees. — George Stephanopoulos, Newsweek, 15 Mar. 1999 Nineteenth-century naturalist Thomas Henry Huxley, a colleague of Charles Darwin, was the first to suggest that dinosaurs and birds were related. — Laura Tangley, U.S. News & World Report, 6 July 1998 … it gets noticed no more than an hour later by another colleague of mine, whom I've never met personally but know to be an art historian … — John Barth, Atlantic, March 1995 A colleague of mine will be speaking at the conference. on her first day at work her colleagues went out of their way to make her feel welcome
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Recent Examples on the Web That community helped flip the state for President-elect Joe Biden, as my friend and CNN colleague Eliott C. McLaughlin details in his piece. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "2020 pop culture moments you may have forgotten," 31 Dec. 2020 Or so says my USA TODAY colleague Brett Molina, who puts Paramount Plus as the most likely victim. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Are you willing to pay for email? How about podcasts? Here are our tech predictions for 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 Now, Boiarintseva is returning to that same research, this time with her Niagara colleague Anna McNab. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Can companies help working parents without alienating everyone else?," 29 Dec. 2020 There are cameos by Norman Mailer, Gorge Plimpton, and Miller's Esquire colleague Dave Eggers. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "The Best Books Vogue Editors Read in 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 Once coronavirus travel restrictions end, vaccine hope has folks eager to get out of town, my Tribune colleague Lauren Zumbach writes. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Duckworth pushes back on Trump’s threat to hold up COVID-19 relief package | Two on Trump clemency list have Chicago ties | Pritzker: 100K vaccinated so far in Illinois," 23 Dec. 2020 The home was purchased by Hsieh’s friend and former colleague Rachael Brown for $1.3 million over the summer. Taylor Hartz,, "Firefighters called three times to New London home where Tony Hsieh died," 23 Dec. 2020 She's joined by longtime colleague Dominic Scalzi, who was also involved in securing the loans for Trump's company. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Deutsche Bank director who oversaw loans to Trump resigns," 22 Dec. 2020 Similarly, the series will explore the white gaze via Starling's FBI colleague Ardelia Mapp. James Hibberd,, "Clarice producers break silence on Lambs sequel with 5 major revelations," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of colleague

circa 1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colleague

Middle French collegue, from Latin collega, from com- + legare to depute — more at legate

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The first known use of colleague was circa 1533

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7 Jan 2021

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“Colleague.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of colleague

somewhat formal : a person who works with you : a fellow worker


col·​league | \ ˈkä-ˌlēg How to pronounce colleague (audio) \

Kids Definition of colleague

: an associate in a profession : a fellow worker

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