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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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web With national security overriding Hong Kong’s governance, remaining opportunities for civic participation will continue to shrink, said Eric Yan-ho Lai, the Hong Kong law fellow at the Center for Asian Law at Georgetown University. Washington Post, 8 May 2022 In a video for the medal presentation, a fellow from the university's de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture — which awards the medal — praised Thorn's innovative approach to caring for people after abortions. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Apr. 2022 Days after joining her fellow Today show cohost Hoda Kotb up on stage for their inductions into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, Savannah Guthrie was feeling even more grateful. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2022 The other story finds Saul and his wife/fellow lawyer Kim Wexler (Rhea Seahorn) launching another scheme. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 The ragged labor agitator becomes the shop steward, then the union boss, and the propinquity of the bargaining table supplies the fellow with new best friends. David Mamet, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Galip Dalay is associate fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House. Galip Dalay, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 The chubby fellow’s first entry into polygonal 3D on the Nintendo 64 is a solid outing. PCMAG, 25 Mar. 2022 Up to 90% of Russian banks and companies use Western software, estimates Maria Shagina, visiting senior fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Georgi Kantchev And Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Fellow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fellow. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for fellow


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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