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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Delano is an uptight bourgeois black fellow from Oak Park. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The members of Support Group for Men don’t get eviscerated, but what does happen isn’t much more edifying," 2 July 2018 Democrat Katie Porter, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), edged out fellow UCI law professor Dave Min for the right to challenge incumbent Republican Mimi Walters in the November general election. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Science candidates: High-tech smarts aren’t enough for defeated Obama aide," 28 June 2018 Unions are now facing competition that previous generations didn’t face, said Michael Farren, research fellow at the right-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University, pointing to the decline of manufacturing, a heavily unionized industry. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "U.S. Union Membership Rate Declined in 2018," 18 Jan. 2019 The bill adds protections for interns and fellows, who weren’t included in the 1995 version of the law and were among some of the most vulnerable staffers on the Hill as a result. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress’s recently passed sexual harassment bill, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, told CityLab. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 Fans also reposted videos that fellow partygoers shared with Prinsloo and Levine from inside the post-game fête. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Hit Up Shake Shack and Partied After the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 Using the spending measure, poverty is closer to the 3 percent figure Trump's economic council used, said Robert Rector, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Jeff Stein And Tracy Jan, chicagotribune.com, "White House declares war on poverty 'largely over' amid push to revamp social programs," 14 July 2018 Associate curator of modern and contemporary art Mary Schneider Enriquez and research fellow Marina Isgro organized the show. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Nam June Paik turned technology into art — and vice versa," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fellow.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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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