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
colleagueshipplay \ˈkä-(ˌ)lēg-ˌship\ noun
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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
Recent Examples of colleague from the Web
MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE Mark Purdy is hanging up his laptop in August.
In the end, writes Esther Inglis-Arkell for Gizmodo, the feud between Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller–once colleagues–alienated both from the community of scientists that fostered their work.
On Thursday, Senate Republicans joined their House colleagues in proposing steep cuts to Medicaid, part of the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
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This isn't the first time Wong has shut down patronizing colleagues either.
Daszak's colleague, ecologist Kevin Olival, collected information on all viruses known to infect mammals, 586 in total, found in 754 species.
As my colleague Katey Rich notes, Hollywood contracts are notoriously complex, incorporating box-office bonuses and bumps in pay for sequels.
But Kennedy refused to declare, as four colleagues would have, that partisan gerrymanders are necessarily insulated from judicial review.
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Did You Know?
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."
COLLEAGUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of colleague for English Language Learners
: a person who works with you : a fellow worker
COLLEAGUE Defined for Kids
Definition of colleague for Students
: an associate in a profession : a fellow worker
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