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, confrere (also confrère), 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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Steinvorth first traveled to Puerto Viejo 32 years ago after the tropical locale came up in conversation with one of her colleagues. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "An Artists’ Guide to the Paradisiacal Beach Town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica," 2 Jan. 2019 That committee is typically comprised of a group of unionized employees at the company who negotiate on behalf of their colleagues. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018 But the reality is that O’Rourke has a record that’s somewhat more conservative than that of most of his colleagues on Capitol Hill, and pointing that out isn’t a nefarious conspiracy. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Beto O’Rourke’s voting record is more conservative than the average Democrat’s," 21 Dec. 2018 One glaring exception to the outpouring of Republican praise from Miami-Dade County’s members of Congress, who are more moderate than many of their colleagues. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida leaders divided over Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 But one 9th Circuit Judge, William Fletcher, wrote a 100-page dissent, adopted in full by four of his colleagues. latimes.com, "'They framed me': On death row for decades, Kevin Cooper pushes for new DNA tests in Chino Hills murders," 8 July 2018 Restaurateurs said that as many of their colleagues faced financial struggles, there was less stigma around sharing their space. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Sorry, Power-Lunchers. These Tables Are Reserved for Drop-In Workers.," 8 July 2018 Got to the airport (LAX) with time to spare ☺ Flew in a small plane, ½ empty, with 4 colleagues = cool! Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 Cline recommends using Bb Sunday Shampoo once a week to remove buildup, while Zoe Wiepert, her colleague at Bumble and Bumble in Midtown Manhattan, suggests Bb Scalp Detox and Bb Color Gloss in Cool Blonde to help maintain tone between visits. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Why Your Shower Is Wrecking Your Hair," 19 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'colleague.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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