fellow

noun, often attributive
fel·​low | \ ˈfe-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce fellow (audio) \

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

Synonyms

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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Others were quick to remind their fellow users that stars aren't always like us because of the resources at their disposal. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Cut Out Carbs, Sugar, Dairy, Meat, Fish, and Alcohol from Her Pre-Coachella Diet," 19 Apr. 2019 Quantico star, Priyanka, met the fellow actress at the annual ELLE Women in Television dinner. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "20 Facts About Meghan Markle's Life Before She Met Prince Harry," 15 Apr. 2019 Brian Riedl is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute focusing on budget, tax, and economic policy. Brian Riedl, Vox, "America might be ready for democratic socialism. It’s not ready for the bill.," 7 Aug. 2018 Ball and fellow freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were suspended from the team. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "The NBA Draft Is Over and LiAngelo Ball Is Still Without a Team," 22 June 2018 But the wolves always seem more comfortable in these threatening surroundings than Russell and his fellow humans do. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Hold the Dark throws Jeffrey Wright to the wolves," 28 Sep. 2018 Has Southern Charm‘s Shep Rose found love with a fellow cast member? Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Southern Charm's Shep Rose Admits He and Kathryn Dennis Have Hooked Up 'Six or Seven' Times," 10 July 2018 Apparently, to get Evans to become a fellow Bachelorette fan. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Kelsea Ballerini Promises to Tune in to Husband Morgan Evans' Performance on 'The Bachelorette'," 2 July 2018 But who first looked up at the sky to make sense of what was happening down on the ground and why their fellow humans were behaving in certain ways? Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Where Do Zodiac Signs Come From? Here's the True History Behind Your Horoscope," 21 June 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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The first known use of fellow was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for fellow

fellow

noun

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.

fellow

noun
fel·​low | \ ˈfe-lō How to pronounce fellow (audio) \

Kids Definition of fellow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a male person

fellow

adjective

Kids Definition of fellow (Entry 2 of 2)

: belonging to the same group or class my fellow Americans

fellow

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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