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 Richards, a protege of the late Atlanta chef Darryl Evans, has seen his national profile steadily rise for years. Washington Post, "Atlanta chef Todd Richards makes the best of a bad situation by mentoring others," 3 Sep. 2020 Vladimir Vladimirovich Kara-Murza, an opposition activist who was viewed by some as Nemtsov’s protege, has fallen into sudden and unexplained comas twice in recent years. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Who is Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin critic in a coma after suspected poisoning?," 20 Aug. 2020 Ham has enjoyed success with Budenholzer, who just had another coaching protege, Taylor Jenkins, breakout this season in Memphis. Jamal Collier,, "5 coaching candidates the Bulls are expected to pursue to replace Jim Boylen," 15 Aug. 2020 Griffin, meanwhile, plays Will, Dr. Henry's protege. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Dixie D'Amelio and Griffin Johnson's Relationship," 3 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile, McConnell's protege, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, is pushing back against Gov. Andy Beshear's new order requiring people to wear them. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell praises masks as protege Daniel Cameron tries to chip away at mandate," 11 July 2020 Stoney, a McAuliffe cabinet secretary and protege, is not expected to seek the nomination if the former governor gets in the race. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe raises $1.7M for potential comeback bid," 1 July 2020 Buser, who believed his protege had earned the opportunity to run the top dogs, would mush a younger, slower team of sled dogs, therefore diminishing his own competitiveness. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Martin Buser is an Iditarod double-winner, collecting awards for sportsmanship and inspiration," 12 June 2020 When a young academic protege named Fred (Logan Lerman) and his wife, Rose (Odessa Young) move in, an increasingly claustrophobic psychological drama takes hold. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘Shirley’ toys with life of celebrated horror novelist," 5 June 2020

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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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The first known use of protégé was in 1786

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19 Sep 2020

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“Protégé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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