protégé

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noun pro·té·gé \ˈprō-tə-ˌzhā, ˌprō-tə-ˈ\

Definition of protégé

  1. :  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

  1. He was a protégé of the great composer.

Origin and Etymology of protégé

French, from past participle of protéger to protect, from Medieval French, from Latin protegere


First Known Use: 1786


PROTÉGÉ Defined for English Language Learners

protégé

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noun pro·té·gé \ˈprō-tə-ˌzhā, ˌprō-tə-ˈ\

Definition of protégé for English Language Learners

  • : a young person who is taught and helped by someone who has a lot of knowledge and experience


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