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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Josh Huder, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute, told ABC News. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, "Coronavirus cases on Capitol Hill renew lawmakers' push for remote voting," 19 Mar. 2020 Mireille Jacobson is a senior fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, and an associate professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Mireille Jacobson, STAT, "The economic rationale for strong action now against Covid-19," 18 Mar. 2020 Roberts is now a fellow at the University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Why China’s economic miracle is a myth made possible by exploitation of workers," 8 Mar. 2020 The newspaper said that Ozuna reported being blackmailed to the FBI back in 2017 and his attorney said a fellow trap singer, Kevin Fret, claimed to have an explicit video of Ozuna. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "10 Facts About Ozuna That Will Inspire You to Live Your Best Life," 12 Feb. 2020 Arrested again in 1801, under Napoleon, and held at Sainte-Pélagie prison, Sade was transferred to the asylum at Charenton in 1803 after attempting to seduce fellow inmates at Sainte-Pélagie. Mitchell Abidor, The New York Review of Books, "Reading Sade in the Age of Epstein," 12 Feb. 2020 Some of the most significant early work came out of Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works engineering division, according to Daniel Miller, senior fellow for air vehicle systems and sciences at that division. Eric Tegler, Scientific American, "The Next DARPA X-Plane Won’t Maneuver like Any Plane Before It," 9 Jan. 2020 But in a Twitter thread Tuesday Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the editor-in-chief of Lawfare, laid out how and why Pelosi might not be in any rush. TheWeek, "Mitch McConnell may have just given Nancy Pelosi a strategic opening in the impeachment standoff," 7 Jan. 2020 German, now a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, said the ease with which the alleged whistleblower’s identity has been spread online shows the need for greater legal protections for whistleblowers. David Klepper, The Denver Post, "Trump retweets, deletes, post naming alleged whistleblower," 28 Dec. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Fellow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fellow. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce fellow (audio) \

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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