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
A former colleague said that Kadek and his daughter and wife were wounded in an airstrike last Friday and that Kadek died of his wounds Wednesday.
In an indictment handed down last week, prosecutors said Blaszczak used his personal relationships with former colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to get advance knowledge of pending decisions.
Even Ms. Griffin’s entertainment industry colleagues, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who had hosted the network’s New Year’s Eve broadcast with her, shook their heads in disgust.
A colleague of Suganob confirmed to The Associated Press that the man in the video is the priest.
Evans, who grew up in rural North Georgia, reminded her colleagues during floor debate that poor Georgians are much less likely to achieve the high GPA and SAT score necessary to meet the stringent new requirements for a tuition-free scholarship.
Boger and colleagues are now working on shortening that process.
Zwicharowski and two colleagues received public servant awards from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel in 2012 for pointing out problems at the mortuary.
While the reactions of Gianforte’s Republican colleagues in Congress ranged from condemnation to justification and even humor, many voices in the conservative media eagerly defended the assault (though there were notable exceptions).
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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."
Origin and Etymology of colleague
Middle French collegue, from Latin collega, from com- + legare to depute — more at legate
First Known Use: circa 1533
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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