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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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 Syrio Forel Episode: 8 Cause of death: Arya's beloved water-dancing coach died protecting his little protege from Lannister soldiers. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "All the Game of Thrones Deaths We've Somehow Made It Through," 19 May 2019 Despite an incident in 2009 that resulted in Zach Smith's arrest, and another accusation in October 2015 and a recurring investigation by police, Meyer gave his protege the benefit of the doubt. Fox News, "Ohio State probe shows Meyer allowed bad behavior by assistant for years," 24 Aug. 2018 It’s equal parts Mr. Brainwash (Banksy’s rumored prank-protege and star of Exit Through The Gift Shop), and Pinterest vision board — though that’s not a criticism. Meagan Fredette,, "Say It With Art: Get Your Bae The Same Painting Prince Harry Gave Meghan Markle," 7 July 2018 Harrison apparently attempted to kill his protege out of fear that his criminal behavior was going to be discovered. Adrian Walker,, "Shaun Harrison, fraud and would-be assassin, was a master manipulator of trust," 4 June 2018 Ross is the former protege of Virgil Abloh, and designer for his brand A-COLD-WALL*, which is inspired by the politics of British class systems and youth culture among the working class. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "This New Fashion Challenge Is Asking High-Profile Creators to Learn a New Skill in 24 Hours," 3 Apr. 2019 Designed by Ecuadorian architect Diego Guayasamin, the $43 million building was built and donated to the group by former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, a protege of Chavez. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "South America bloc’s woes leave architectural gem forlorn," 8 Jan. 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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