pro·té·gé | \ ˈprō-tə-ˌzhā , ˌprō-tə-ˈzhā \

Definition of protégé 

: one who is protected or trained or whose career is furthered by a person of experience, prominence, or influence

Examples of protégé in a Sentence

He was a protégé of the great composer.

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Lou Reed and John Cale released Songs for Drella as a tribute to Warhol When Warhol died after a surgery in 1987, two of his proteges, Lou Reed and John Cale, decided to make an entire album dedicated to his memory, called Songs for Drella. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "10 Times Andy Warhol Left His Stamp on Music," 22 Feb. 2018 In just a few years, the cheery former youth pastor rocketed from a young competitive debater in rural Virginia to a protege of Falwell, then to chief of staff for reality TV mogul and Christian activist Mark Burnett, and now to adviser to Trump. Michelle Boorstein And Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "With Pence’s Jerusalem embassy news, Trump’s evangelical advisers tick an item off the list," 7 Mar. 2018 That production was more or less a remount of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production; it was directed by longtime cast member Brad Bradley (a protege of original director Mike Nichols), and even used the same sets. James Hebert,, "Get ready for knight time: 'Spamalot' hits Cygnet Theatre stage," 26 June 2018 Iván Duque, 41, protege of right-wing former president Álvaro Uribe, is leading in every major poll. Anthony Faiola,, "'D.C. Colombian' squares off against former guerrilla as Colombians vote," 17 June 2018 Iván Duque, 41, protege of right-wing former president Álvaro Uribe, is leading in every major poll. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, "‘D.C. Colombian’ squares off against former guerrilla as Colombians vote," 17 June 2018 JEREMY EICHLER Maestros and their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting Leonard Bernstein protege John Mauceri draws on a lifetime of experience conducting across genres and venues to take us backstage in this engaging, funny, and profound book. Jeremy Eichler And Zoë Madonna,, "Summer reading for the ears," 21 June 2018 Sula's piece also highlights Grant Achatz, Rick Bayless, Ina Pinkney, Homaro Cantu protege Chris Jones of Just Mayo, and Paul Kahan of One Off Hospitality (Blackbird, Big Star, the Publican, et al). Kate Schmidt, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Food & Drink / Technology How Mordecai chef-owner Matthias Merges helped transform modern fine dining," 17 May 2018 But the pugnacious politician, remarkably robust at age 92, pulled off a stunning electoral upset on Wednesday, denying his former protege Najib Razak a third term as prime minister and ending the ruling National Front's 60-year hold on power. Stephen Wright And Eileen Ng, Fox News, "Ex-strongman seeks legacy as savior of Malaysia's democracy," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of protégé

1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for protégé

French, from past participle of protéger to protect, from Middle French, from Latin protegere

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English Language Learners Definition of protégé

: a young person who is taught and helped by someone who has a lot of knowledge and experience

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