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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Two months later, corrections officer Joe Parise died of a medical emergency after responding to an attack on a colleague at the Oak Park Heights facility. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "After record year of violence, assaults on Minnesota prison staff decrease," 8 July 2019 My colleague Scott Wartman introduced you to Foster in a story on Cincinnati.com on Monday. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: She fought to save kids' lives in Africa. She beat cancer. Cincinnati mom's next challenge — politics," 5 July 2019 Kendzioski and a few colleagues along with officers from the Milwaukee Police Department went to the Michalski home in Milwaukee early that Saturday morning. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how local electricians gave back to the family of fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Michalski," 3 July 2019 In every episode, Saffitz ultimately needs assistance from her colleagues. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz at Work, "Bon Appétit’s Gourmet Makes is a great way to learn how to be productive at work," 27 June 2019 His concurring opinions and dissents have long offered an unorthodox view of the court’s precedents and practices that set him apart from his colleagues. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Clarence Thomas’s Unprecedented America," 26 June 2019 This recognition from my esteemed colleagues and peers is a great honor. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Chef behind Florie’s in Palm Beach wins top culinary prize," 25 June 2019 Boris Johnson, a former foreign secretary, is the front-runner, with declared support from about 80 colleagues. Fox News, "UK Conservatives set to narrow field in leadership campaign," 13 June 2019 Some Republicans are becoming restless with the topic, and Burr received considerable blowback from colleagues over the subpoena. NBC News, "Trump Jr. speaks to Senate Intel Committee, glad it's 'finally over'," 12 June 2019

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

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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