colleague

noun
col·​league | \ˈkä-(ˌ)lēg \

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 \ noun

Synonyms for colleague

Synonyms

associate, coworker

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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

But now McConnell and his GOP colleagues want someone in Justice Kennedy’s seat before a potential blue-wave election; some believe another conservative justice could even rev up the party’s base and improve voter turnout. Mackenzie Long, Teen Vogue, "Brett Kavanaugh Announced as President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 My colleague Aimee Levitt noticed this very same thing at the late Rosie's West Town Deli, operated by the same family. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Food Chain A sad state of the sandwich at Portage Park Italian deli Rosie's Sidekick," 9 July 2018 Fairley and his colleagues are trying to understand the burner by observing the pot. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Yellowstone's magma chamber is more powerful than we knew. Here's why studying it matters.," 3 July 2018 Justice Kennedy’s resignation letter had barely arrived in the President’s hands before several of our Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all that the President might name. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Women's March slammed for goof in statement on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination," 10 July 2018 Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and all 48 of his Democratic colleagues introduced the measure Wednesday. Bill Allison, Bloomberg.com, "Democrats Take Aim at ‘Dark Money’ With Eye on Midterm Elections," 28 June 2018 The two returned to the French city for Paris Fashion Week, where they were joined by numerous friends and colleagues in the fashion industry. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Kim Kardashian Says She Feels 'Calm' Returning to Paris After Robbery: 'There's No Point in Staying in a F---ed Up State of Mind'," 22 June 2018 Four of the red state Democrats in competitive seats ended up breaking from most of the rest of their Democratic colleagues, guaranteeing her confirmation. CNN, "How often have Senate Democrats from Trump country voted with Republicans?," 15 June 2018 Hours later, an overflow crowd gathered to remember journalist Rob Hiaasen and his four colleagues who were shot to death by a gunman who blasted his way into the Capital Gazette’s newsroom. David Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "Newspaper shooter sent ‘kill’ letter before attack, police say," 3 July 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of colleague

: a person who works with you : a fellow worker

colleague

noun
col·​league | \ˈkä-ˌlēg \

Kids Definition of colleague

: an associate in a profession : a fellow worker

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