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 Week after week, San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach Jon Embree would play footage from his protege’s most recent performance. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Attitude fuels George Kittle's rise from late-round pick to Super Bowl X-factor," 31 Jan. 2020 The account also contained photos of Kobe and Gianna, his basketball protege. Fox News, "Vanessa Bryant breaks social media silence with photo of Kobe, daughter Gianna," 29 Jan. 2020 Hart, whose picture is on the wall of Gardner’s office, has endorsed Bennet and recently wrote an opinion piece for USA Today urging people not to write off his younger protege. Nicholas Riccardi, The Denver Post, "Still a chance? Michael Bennet, 2020 longshots insist race is up for grabs," 11 Nov. 2019 Its last update was in April, just before the national elections swept his protege Narendra Modi back for a second stint at India’s helm. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "LK Advani: Hindu nationalism’s original poster boy who could not reap what he sowed," 8 Nov. 2019 Cameron is a protege of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. NBC News, "Cameron becomes Kentucky's first African American Attorney General," 18 Dec. 2019 For the first time during his Auburn tenure, Malzahn will have an offensive coordinator who is more of a peer than a protege. Tom Green |, al, "Gus Malzahn thanks Kenny Dillingham, welcomes start of Chad Morris era at Auburn," 15 Dec. 2019 That put Lieberman, a former protege of Netanyahu’s who has become one of the prime minister’s fiercest rivals, in the position of kingmaker. Aron Heller, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Netanyahu, rightist allies appear to fall short of majority," 17 Sep. 2019 Craig began his career as a civil rights worker in Mississippi and tutor in Harlem, before going to law school and joining the Williams & Connolly law firm as a protege of founder Edward Bennett Williams. Anchorage Daily News, "High-powered Democratic lawyer found not guilty of lying to investigators about work for Ukraine government," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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“Protégé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 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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