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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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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: a woman who is a protégé

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