pro·​té·​gée | \ ˈprō-tə-ˌzhā How to pronounce protégée (audio) , ˌprō-tə-ˈzhā \

Definition of protégée

: a girl or woman who is a protégé

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Recent Examples on the Web Among the well-wishers paying their respects to the legend and his protegee daughter at today’s event is Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Ineye Komonibo,, "Beyoncé Opened The Kobe Bryant Memorial With A Special Performance," 25 Feb. 2020 If a male leader or peer does not have female protegees, offer these tips to encourage them to diversify the impact of their mentorship. NBC News, "How to effectively talk to men about bad behavior in the workplace," 7 Oct. 2019 Internally, Dantonio’s protegee, Mike Tressel, sits at the helm of the football program on an interim basis. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football is in danger of re-entering the dark ages," 10 Feb. 2020 The ultimate outcome of that discontent was the removal of former president Dilma Rousseff, a protegee of Lula, and the rise of Bolsonaro, a former fringe lawmaker who campaigned against corruption and violent crime. Washington Post, "As protests sweep Latin America, Bolsonaro warns Brazil: Don’t try it here," 26 Nov. 2019 Fantasia was there, along with Jay-Z protegee Young Paris, Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi, and a packed house of some 800 people. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, "Rosario Dawson is so much more than just Cory Booker’s ‘actress girlfriend’," 17 Oct. 2019 Kelly's long history of accusations of impropriety with young women date back to 1994, when the singer was 27 years old and reportedly married his 15-year-old protegee, singer Aaliyah. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "R. Kelly sued for alleged sexual assault," 22 May 2018 Several clubs and players around the world are still praising Ronaldinho for his football legacy, including his former teammate and protegee Lionel Messi. USA TODAY, "Ronaldinho confirms retirement and plans farewell match," 17 Jan. 2018 Comstock, his protegee, is trying to maintain that control. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of Va. governor, is testing the waters for a congressional run," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of protégée

1778, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for protégée

French, feminine of protégé

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“Protégée.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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: a woman who is a protégé

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