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


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

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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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Information world war: Renee DiResta, fellow in media, misinformation and trust at Mozilla, on the stakes for democracies that value free speech amid efforts by state actors and and extremists to sow discord and erode shared reality. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: Impeachment rallies, racial justice," 14 June 2019 Gameweek 28 Where? Villa Park Classing the Blades' games against their fellow promoted sides as 'big' is something of an understatement. SI.com, "8 Potential Relegation 'Six-Pointers' as Premier League Fixtures are Announced," 13 June 2019 Demi Vaughn is an Our Children fellow and a senior at Ball State University. Demi Vaughn, Indianapolis Star, "Flanner House opening bodega to address 'food apartheid' in northwest neighborhood," 9 June 2019 Cohn was replaced by Larry Kudlow and is now a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Here Are All the 'Best People' That Have Quit Trump's Economic Team," 7 June 2019 Remarkably, Woodstock was only the seventh or eighth performance anywhere by Sha Na Na, which was co-founded by Marcellino, 10 of his fellow Columbia University students and a guitarist from nearby Brooklyn College. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woodstock return for Sha Na Na comes 50 years after fabled rock festival," 7 June 2019 Woods joined The Republic in 2016 as one of that year's Pulliam fellows, the newspaper's longtime professional fellowship program. Shaun Mckinnon, azcentral, "Republic wins ProPublica grant-supported project to investigate Arizona tribal education," 7 June 2019 So too were his fellow Republicans on the Finance committee. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Powerful U.S. senator calls for vetting NIH grantees at hearing on foreign influences," 6 June 2019 Thirteen of Australia’s players call the league home, led by Kerr (Chicago Red Stars), fellow forward Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns), defender Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride) and goalkeeper Lydia Williams (Reign FC). Jonathan Tannenwald, https://www.inquirer.com, "Women’s World Cup 2019: Top games to watch in the group stage," 6 June 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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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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