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

Essential Meaning of colleague

somewhat formal : a person who works with you : a fellow worker A colleague of mine will be speaking at the conference.

Full Definition of colleague

: an associate or coworker typically in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office and often of similar rank or status : 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, collus, 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 One day my late colleague Gary Friedman and I were visiting the Markoffs when Friedman learned that Morrie had been an amateur photographer for decades. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 Gisela Guerrero, the mother of a colleague of mine, had her portrait taken at her sister Monica’s 18th birthday debut, similar to a quinceañera, in 1984 at a ballroom in a Manila sports club. New York Times, 9 Jan. 2022 A year or two ago, a friend and former colleague of mine, Jason Fine, began posting a casual Instagram pic now and again of himself with the legendary Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Corey Seymour, Vogue, 19 Nov. 2021 The controversy, laid out in a series of memos dated between August 2020 and last Friday, is also an unusual example of a judge accusing a colleague of unethical behavior in a courthouse known for collegiality. Ann E. Marimow, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2021 Andrew Jay Schwartzman, a colleague of Sohn’s who also advocates for net neutrality, said if confirmed, the nominees will allow the FCC to move forward with initiatives that have been sidelined while the commission was deadlocked 2-2. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2021 The great Jon Wilner, a colleague of mine, captured Oregon’s up-and-down season beautifully in a tweet late on Saturday. John Canzano, oregonlive, 24 Oct. 2021 The former secretary of state and longtime colleague of the president died Monday morning due to complications from COVID-19 at the age of 84. CBS News, 18 Oct. 2021 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — a former Republican colleague of his in the 1970s, before Yarmuth's party switch in the 1980s and heated political rivalry of the last 15 years — issued a statement applauding him for his years of service. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 12 Oct. 2021

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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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“Colleague.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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