pro·​té·​gé ˈprō-tə-ˌzhā How to pronounce protégé (audio)
: one who is protected or trained or whose career is furthered by a person of experience, prominence, or influence

Example Sentences

He was a protégé of the great composer.
Recent Examples on the Web Gucci Mane posted a tribute to the rapper on Instagram late Thursday night, seemingly confirming rumors that his protege had died that circulated earlier in the evening. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 23 Dec. 2022 President Xi Jinping was a protege of Jiang’s, and the strong presence of Jiang allies on the Politburo Standing Committee helped Xi to pursue a tough anti-corruption drive and quickly consolidate power after rising to the party’s top post in 2013. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2022 Born in Durango, Mexico, García was a young protege of Latino community activist Rudy Lozano, who was a budding political star. Gregory Pratt, Chicago Tribune, 10 Nov. 2022 McCormic was a protege of the marvelous Mary Garden, who was resurrecting a grand opera company out of financial ruin. Celia Storey, Arkansas Online, 7 Nov. 2022 The mentor Belichick against his protege Josh McDaniels. Tara Sullivan,, 18 Dec. 2022 So on that score, the fact that even his youngest protege, Hu Chunhua, who had been in the previous Politburo, had every reason to stay. CBS News, 26 Oct. 2022 Raisi, who was sworn in as president only a year ago, has been described as a protege of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Aya Batrawy, ajc, 21 Sep. 2022 Someone who witnessed those instincts in action early on was music mogul Scooter Braun, who got a boost in his career as a young protege of Dupri’s. Janee Bolden, Variety, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of protégé was in 1786

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“Protégé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


pro·​té·​gé ˈprōt-ə-ˌzhā How to pronounce protégé (audio)
: a person under the care or training of someone influential especially for the furthering of his or her career

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