noun, often attributive fel·low \ ˈfe-(ˌ)lō \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of fellow

1 : comrade, associate
  • was eager to rejoin his fellows
2 a : 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
4 a 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

Examples of fellow in a Sentence

  1. fellows and girls at a party

  2. a young fellow like you

  3. Your son's a bright little fellow.

  4. She's found herself a new fellow.

  5. a fellow of the American College of Surgeons

  6. a Fellow of the Royal Society

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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.

Origin and Etymology of fellow

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

FELLOW Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of fellow for English Language Learners

  • : 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.

FELLOW Defined for Kids



noun fel·low \ ˈfe-lō \

Definition of fellow for Students

1 : a male person




Definition of fellow for Students

: belonging to the same group or class
  • my fellow Americans

Medical Dictionary


noun 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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