colleague

noun
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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Other Words from colleague

colleagueship \ ˈkä-​(ˌ)lēg-​ˌship How to pronounce colleagueship (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 From that perspective, many of the natural iron fertilization experiments have already been run, says Gisela Winckler, a climate scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia, and Kaplan’s colleague. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 6 Jan. 2020 The experience of sitting silently while a colleague describes slides or an overcrowded posterboard is familiar to generations of scientists. Esther Ngumbi, Wired, "Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages," 3 Jan. 2020 In December, a colleague moseyed by my desk to ask about my beware-of-the-planner article. Emily Baumgaertner, Los Angeles Times, "My New Year’s resolution to be more organized turned into a methodical nightmare," 1 Jan. 2020 Blumenthal’s editor asked a colleague named Frank Ching, who presumably knew a bit more about that part of town, to look the piece over. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Asian-American Canon Breakers," 30 Dec. 2019 Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, a former colleague of Golding’s at Alabama, spoke before the Tide delegation arrived for their news conference. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "What Pete Golding said about Alabama defense, players stepping into big roles," 29 Dec. 2019 Guruji, Sacred Games Pankaj Tripathi is often referred to as saintly by his colleagues and co-actors in interviews. Devarsi Ghosh, Quartz India, "From India’s numerous web originals of 2019, these 10 characters stand out," 26 Dec. 2019 Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan opted for an environmentally friendly e-card this year, sharing a new family portrait with friends, family, colleagues and charities (including all their patronages). Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "See Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Baby Archie's First Christmas Card," 23 Dec. 2019 Find a comfortable work environment After landing a new job where my manager and colleagues exuded positivity and offered encouraging words, my performance sharply improved. Bonnie Azoulay, Health.com, "How to Talk About Your Mental Illness at Work," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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10 Jan 2020

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“Colleague.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colleague. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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colleague

noun
How to pronounce colleague (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of colleague

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

colleague

noun
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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