: an incorporated member of a college or collegiate foundation especially in a British university
: a person appointed to a position granting a stipend and allowing for advanced study or research
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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.
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
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Recent Examples on the WebThe battle has led to what Joseph Webster, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, calls a unique politicization of offshore wind energy.—Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 17 Nov. 2023 Barrino’s message resonated through the evening as fellow honorees Billie Eilish, Lily Gladstone and Carey Mulligan spoke from the heart about the lives and their philanthropic passions.—Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 The 51-year-old broadcaster did not address the reason behind his absence on the ABC morning show Wednesday, though his fellow co-hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos appeared ecstatic for his return.—Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 The rising star picked up a nom alongside fellow breakout acts including Ice Spice, Noah Kahan, Victoria Monét, Coco Jones, Jelly Roll, Fred Again.., and the War and Treaty.—Waiss Aramesh, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2023 And following a year in which fellow jazz artist Samara Joy won best new artist, appetite for the genre seems at its hungriest in decades.—Taylor Mims, Billboard, 8 Nov. 2023 In 2020, Megan was shot by her then-friend and fellow musician Tory Lanez during a heated argument.—Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 7 Nov. 2023 Willie Nelson, who after 60-plus years continues to perform his brand of rock, pop and blues-infused country music, took the stage to sing with Chris Stapleton and fellow honoree Sheryl Crow.—Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2023 Schwarzenegger also claimed that Triplets fell through because of lack of interest from Reitman’s son and fellow director, Jason Reitman.—Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English felawe, from Old English fēolaga, from Old Norse fēlagi, from fēlag partnership, from fē cattle, money + lag act of laying
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
The first known use of fellow was
before the 12th century