pro·​té·​gé | \ ˈprō-tə-ˌzhā How to pronounce protégé (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Bouteflika joined the independence war against France at the age of 19 as a protege of commander Boumediene, who became president in 1965. Reuters, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 Yes, Skip Steele showed up shortly after Notorious PIG opened to check out his protege’s handiwork. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 Yale University named an alumnus and protege of late investment chief David Swensen to run the university’s $31 billion endowment and carry out the legendary money manager’s legacy., 24 Aug. 2021 Aaliyah Houghton, the phenom singer and protege of Kelly’s who died in a plane crash in 2001. Jason Meisner,, 21 Aug. 2021 Dobson recently sold the business to a protege, John Panning, 58, and his wife, Judy, but stayed on as the company's principal designer. Arkansas Online, 26 June 2021 Yet as the most diverse pageant in Miss America history officially got underway, the biggest story in Atlantic City was about a White woman: B. Don's protege, Miss Texas Dana Rogers. Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2021 Trump's campaign-style rally comes at a fraught time for him: The organization bearing his name in New York was indicted this week, and a potential presidential rivalry with Florida governor and protege Ron DeSantis may be on the horizon. Editors, USA TODAY, 3 July 2021 Ask Cambodian refugee and doughnut king Ted Ngoy and then-protege Ning Yen. Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021

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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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20 Sep 2021

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“Protégé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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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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