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

Examples of protégé in a Sentence

He was a protégé of the great composer.
Recent Examples on the Web Sheinbaum, a protege of López Obrador’s for years, has studiously avoided criticizing her mentor’s security strategy. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2024 Fong — a McCarthy protege who also had the former speaker's endorsement — defeated fellow Republican and Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux on Tuesday in the 20th Congressional District in the state's Central Valley farm belt. CBS News, 21 May 2024 By Anna Gordon Updated: May 20, 2024 1:35 PM EDT | Originally published: May 20, 2024 8:14 AM EDT Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a protege of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as well as Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Anna Gordon, TIME, 20 May 2024 At the end of each pop-up performance and marquee event, the drag proteges deliver individual messages of resilience, hope and support, standing next to their beaming drag moms. Elaina Patton, NBC News, 26 Apr. 2024 Steve Fisher started it all of course in 1999, and protege Brian Dutcher has raised the bar without many prep superstars and one-and-dones. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2024 Girod was a protege of Chris Bianco, one of the country’s most celebrated pizza makers, and here, his Neapolitan-style creations are flavored with very Italian ingredients like guanciale and pistachio. Chadner Navarro, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Apr. 2024 And in 1999, he was acquitted of criminal charges stemming from a nightclub shooting that sent his former protege, Shyne, to prison for 10 years. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 9 Apr. 2024 Beshear — who won a convincing reelection victory last November over a McConnell protege — had already seen his influence over selecting a senator greatly diminished by GOP lawmakers. Fox News, 29 Mar. 2024

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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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Cite this Entry

“Protégé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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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

French, from protéger "to protect"

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