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


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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To run against Clyne, Lipton and W.F.P. colleagues managed to recruit an assistant prosecutor named David Soares, the son of immigrants from Cape Verde. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 Gochee was a close friend and former colleague of New Relic’s founder and CEO, Lew Cirne. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "New Relic’s top Portland exec quits as outlook cools again," 16 Sep. 2019 Some finesse will be involved, as colleague Susan Slusser has pointed out, but this has to happen. Bruce Jenkins,, "A’s future is now with Jesus Luzardo and Sean Murphy," 13 Sep. 2019 Bryson, Mellett’s widow, shows how friends and colleagues undertook the challenge of transforming the unfinished material into the fulfillment of Mellett’s dream., "Newburyport Documentary Film Festival," 12 Sep. 2019 Dexter reportedly drank alcohol sparingly, but liked to entertain his friends and colleagues. Real Estate, "Listed: Manchester-by-the-Sea mansion had a siren, vaults, and guards to protect liquor stash," 11 Sep. 2019 Much of the week is spent catching up with friends and colleagues in the field. Matt Lanza, Ars Technica, "In speech to forecasters, NOAA chief tries to tamp down Sharpie controversy," 10 Sep. 2019 As the investigation continues, families, friends, and colleagues have spoken out about the lives that were taken too soon while pursuing their passion for diving. Caitlin Keating,, "Nationwide Heartbreak: Remembering the 34 Victims of the California Boat Fire," 8 Sep. 2019 Peck’s friends and colleagues said his main concern, above everything else, was for his family. Molly Duerig, azcentral, "‘Heart of a warrior’: Family, firefighters pay tribute to Goodyear fire Engineer Austin Peck," 7 Sep. 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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English Language Learners Definition of colleague

somewhat formal : a person who works with you : a fellow worker


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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concealment of treason or felony

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