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.

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Jennifer Connelly has a big role, as does Miles Teller who will play Goose’s son and Maverick’s new protege. Variety, The Mercury News, "Watch: Tom Cruise drops first trailer for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at Comic-Con," 18 July 2019 Six months after the infamous murders, Jim Markham — a hairstylist turned mogul whose clients included Paul Newman and Steve McQueen and was a protege to victim Jay Sebring — hosted a federal sting to uncover the cult leader’s motive. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Manson Victim's Friend Posits Alternative Motive: "I Never Bought Into the Race War Theory"," 30 July 2019 Styles, who rose to stardom as one-fifth of One Direction, would join in a leading role opposite Bailey, who’s a protege of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as a member of R&B duo Chloe x Halle. Nick Romano,, "Harry Styles in early talks for Prince Eric role in live-action The Little Mermaid," 16 July 2019 During the illness that preceded her mother's death, Johnson said Mrs. Brown's network of proteges spent weeks writing her notes. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "City Ballet, teacher of generations of Dallas dancers, is forced to close because of a rent increase," 27 June 2019 The whole mockumentary is a nesting doll of father-son tensions: between Harbour and his father, Harbour's father and his young male costar, Dr. Frankenstein and his protege, Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein Is a Fun Mess," 16 July 2019 Her protege, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, was elected party leader and appeared set to become Germany's next chancellor. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Angela Merkel seen shaking in public for third time in a month," 10 July 2019 Moyes still has a semblance of faith in his former protege, but knows the market is shrinking., "Moyesian Utopia: Scripting an Alternate Reality Where Man Utd Didn't Sack David Moyes," 26 June 2019 Platini served as Blatter’s adviser from 1998 to 2002, and those ties that bound the mentor and his protege would bring them both down in 2015 . Washington Post, "Michel Platini, a soccer great now touched by scandal," 18 June 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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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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