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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Synonyms for fellow


beau, boy, boyfriend, man, old man, swain

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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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Fans also reposted videos that fellow partygoers shared with Prinsloo and Levine from inside the post-game fête. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Hit Up Shake Shack and Partied After the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 Using the spending measure, poverty is closer to the 3 percent figure Trump's economic council used, said Robert Rector, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Jeff Stein And Tracy Jan, chicagotribune.com, "White House declares war on poverty 'largely over' amid push to revamp social programs," 14 July 2018 Associate curator of modern and contemporary art Mary Schneider Enriquez and research fellow Marina Isgro organized the show. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Nam June Paik turned technology into art — and vice versa," 11 July 2018 In Philadelphia, monthly median rents have risen from $1,092 in 2010 to $1,229 in 2018, while median housing prices increased from $97,000 in 2008 to $150,000 this year, according to Kevin Gillen, senior research fellow at Drexel. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Philadelphians feel squeezed as U.S. economy seems to hum. That's a poverty problem," 9 July 2018 While talking about what's she's learned with her fellow Today stars on Wednesday morning, KLG took a few moments to tell a special story about her and Paul Newman that forever changed her outlook on life. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Kathie Lee Gifford's "Profound" Moment With Paul Newman," 12 Dec. 2018 An ever-uncompromising artist who officially came out as pansexual earlier this year, Monáe took the opportunity to share her personal ambitions as an artist, as well as empower her fellow LGBTQ individuals. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Janelle Monáe Steps Out With a Next-Level Braid at the Billboard Women of the Year Event," 7 Dec. 2018 In the novel version Murtagh dies during the Battle of Culloden, which made his brief cameo as Jamie’s fellow Ardsmuir prisoner the first hint the show was going in a different direction with the character. Sarene Leeds, Glamour, "7 Times Outlander Didn't Follow What Happened in the Book," 3 Dec. 2018 In fact, those drinking two to three cups per day, decaffeinated or not, had a 12 percent lower risk of death compared to non-drinkers, National Cancer Institute research fellow Erikka Loftfield told NPR. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Drink a lot of coffee? You’re more likely to live longer, study finds," 4 July 2018

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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
old-fashioned : 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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