protégé

noun
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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East, the Nas protege who signed to Def Jam Recordings in the fall of 2016, is the latest addition to UTA's roster, which has grown significantly in recent months. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Dave East Signs With UTA: Exclusive," 24 May 2018 As for the G-Unit admiral, Eminem allowed his protege to dig into his own catalog during his time on stage. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Eminem Brings His Army of Soldiers to Help Him Close Out Governors Ball With a Bang," 4 June 2018 While Putin was out of the Kremlin, his protege Dmitry Medvedev took over the presidency - and presided over a constitutional amendment that lengthened subsequent presidential terms from four years to six. Adam Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "Russia's parliament to consider proposal to allow Putin to run for reelection again in 2024," 18 May 2018 As a senior personnel adviser, Kubiak scouted college and pro players and provided input on Denver's offense to Joseph, a protege and first-year head coach with defensive roots. USA TODAY, "Elway, Joseph promise to fix Broncos' problems in 2018," 2 Jan. 2018 Her loyalists embraced her protege Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who on Friday won the top party job. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Merkel Extension," 7 Dec. 2018 Taste of Country even reports that Shelton cancelled a show in 2016 to make it to his protege's wedding! Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Star RaeLynn Has a Piece of Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton in Her Home," 4 Nov. 2018 Drake Donates $30,000 to Jamaican Learning Center By the time 2010 rolled around, Drake had dished out a slew of mixtapes and had begun to make a name for himself in hip-hop as Lil Wayne’s then-protege. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Thank Me Later: Drake's 10 Most Charitable Moments," 8 Feb. 2018 In fact -- this is kind of funny -- George Soros' former protege, Viktor Orban, was just reelected prime minister of Hungary earlier this year and Orban ran against Soros' old buddy. Fox News, "Ingraham: Far-left billionaires uniting to remake America," 29 Aug. 2018

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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

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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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