noun, often attributive
fel·​low | \ˈfe-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of fellow 

1 : comrade, associate was eager to rejoin his fellows

2a : an equal in rank, power, or character : peer discussions among a group of fellows from the nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory— Roger Lewin

b : one of a pair : mate

3 : a member of a group having common characteristics specifically : a member of an incorporated literary or scientific society a fellow of the American College of Surgeons

4a obsolete : a person of one of the lower social classes

b archaic : a worthless man or boy

c : man, boy He seems like a fine fellow.

d : boyfriend, beau She and her fellow went to the movies.

5 : an incorporated member of a college or collegiate foundation especially in a British university

6 : a person appointed to a position granting a stipend and allowing for advanced study or research

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Did You Know?

The Old Norse word for a partner, felagi, means literally “one who puts down property.” Such people were those who laid together their property for some common purpose. Old English borrowed felagi from Old Norse and called a partner a feolaga. This word has come down to us, through several centuries and the development of a number of senses, as modern English fellow. Perhaps its most common use today is its very general one, in which it is applied to any boy or man.

Examples of fellow in a Sentence

fellows and girls at a party a young fellow like you Your son's a bright little fellow. She's found herself a new fellow. a fellow of the American College of Surgeons a Fellow of the Royal Society
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But as a fellow black girl from the South Side of Chicago, every sighting of her curls gives me hope. Teryn Payne, Glamour, "Michelle Obama Wore Her Natural Curls on the Cover of Essence," 15 Nov. 2018 Jeremy Castle is a postdoctoral fellow in the political science department at Central Michigan University. Jeremy Castle, Vox, "Younger evangelicals look an awful lot like older evangelicals post-2016," 12 Nov. 2018 Changing into the most gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown, Meghan completely stunned the fellow attendees, with her tulle dress being reminiscent of the fairytale outfit a Disney princess might wear. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Has a Fairytale Moment in Oscar de la Renta as She Returns to Sydney with Prince Harry," 26 Oct. 2018 Paul Wesley recently had a sweet reunion with fellow The Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "“The Vampire Diaries” Star Ian Somerhalder Posted a Throwback Photo and Paul Wesley Had the Best Response," 18 Oct. 2018 When Meghan returns, the hosting table will look slightly different. Paula Faris and Sara Haines have left, and fellow conservative Abby Huntsman has joined the cast. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan McCain Reveals When She Will Return to ‘The View’," 1 Oct. 2018 Now, a fellow American Idol winner is showing support and thanking her for going public with her struggles. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Tears Up Over Carrie Underwood's Heartbreaking Miscarriages," 24 Sep. 2018 A few years later, when Beth and her best friend, fellow Cynthia Rowley assistant designer Rebecca Taylor, decided to found their own line, Murat put up the money: $40,000. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Tour the Sanctuary-Like Tribeca Duplex of Designer Beth Bugdaycay," 22 Aug. 2018 Joining me now to discuss, Art Del Cueto, a Border Patrol agent who grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border, and Art Arthur, a resident fellow in Law and Policy at the Center of Immigration Studies. Fox News, "Jay Sekulow: Mueller investigation needs to end 'very soon'," 9 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fellow.' 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 fellow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fellow

Middle English felawe, from Old English fēolaga, from Old Norse fēlagi, from fēlag partnership, from cattle, money + lag act of laying

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English Language Learners Definition of fellow

: a male person : a boy or man

: a male companion of a girl or woman

: a member of a group of people who have shared interests, activities, etc.


fel·​low | \ˈfe-lō \

Kids Definition of fellow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a male person



Kids Definition of fellow (Entry 2 of 2)

: belonging to the same group or class my fellow Americans


fel·​low | \ˈfel-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w)\

Medical Definition of fellow 

: a young physician who has completed training as an intern and resident and has been granted a stipend and position allowing him or her to do further study or research in a specialty

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