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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Beyond serving as a source of creative inspiration for the designer and any colleagues who work out of the space, many times, their office is the first impression a potential client might receive of their capabilities. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Office Envy: See Where Two Top Designers Bring Their Big Ideas to Life," 3 May 2019 By Season 5, Liza and her colleague turned friend, Kelsey (Hilary Duff) have launched their own imprint, dubbed Millennial. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Why it matters that the women on 'Younger' and 'The Bold Type' focus on careers as much as dating," 14 July 2018 Brittany and her colleagues met with state and federal experts about how to stop the wildfire spread of the disease. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Amazing friends, colleagues, and partners, Taureans value honesty above all else and are proud that their personal relationships tend to be drama free. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby Will Likely Have the Same Zodiac Sign as Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and the Queen," 10 Mar. 2019 The crowd was a heady mix of colleagues, clients and friends who ran the gamut from fresh-faced décor up and comers to the last vestiges of the Swifty’s set. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "Inside Mario Buatta's Final High Society Farewell," 23 Jan. 2019 My colleague Melissa Riofrio spotted it in Acer’s impressive ConceptD 5 laptop for creators, which packs the Core i7-8705G CPU into what might be the perfect chassis for it. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Kaby Lake-G lives! We spotted the Core i7-8705G in Acer's new ConceptD 5 laptop for creators," 12 Apr. 2019 In a new report, Kennedy's former colleagues remember some of their favorite moments from working at George—including John's full-frontal photo shoot with Kate Moss, and the time John asked Madonna to dress up as his mother. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Jackie Kennedy Helped John F. Kennedy, Jr. Start George Magazine," 10 Apr. 2019 Chu already have the support of congressional colleagues including Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who are both Muslim. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Can Congress’s New NO BAN Act Finally Stop the Muslim Ban?," 10 Apr. 2019

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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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