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.
Recent Examples on the Web Howard’s one-time protege Chris Rokos is also taking greater control of the investment decisions at his eponymous Rokos Capital Management. Marcus Ashworth | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Alan Howard Goes Back to His Secret Sauce," 1 Nov. 2019 The fabled avenger trains an uncouth protege to drive a Spanish tyrant out of California once and for all. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 The Kyle Shanahan protege, who worked the past two seasons as 49ers quarterbacks coach, is a former UC Daviis assistant who spent the 2009 season as a Raiders offensive assistant. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Focus on Denver: New-look Broncos a bit of a mystery for Raiders," 4 Sep. 2019 The protege has taught special education in the Mentor school system since 2013. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Steve Trivisonno: Why is legendary Mentor football coach leaving after this season?," 3 Nov. 2019 But in his new role, Scharf is the first Dimon protege to become a head-to-head rival. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Wells Fargo’s New CEO Charlie Scharf Spent 25 Years Learning From Jamie Dimon—Now He’s Taking Him On," 2 Oct. 2019 Another link to the present is Roger Stone, a Cohn protege who carried on the tradition of dirty tricks through the Trump administration. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Explore the life of 'a nasty Forrest Gump' in gripping Roy Cohn documentary," 2 Oct. 2019 Painted in 1936 by Victor Arnautoff, a native of Russia and protege of muralist Diego Rivera, the mural at the 2,000-student public school was commissioned by the Federal Art Project – a New Deal program to fund visual arts. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "San Francisco school board votes to paint over ‘degrading’ mural of George Washington’s life," 29 June 2019 Lautner’s protege saw the more than 3,100 square feet of curvaceous living space through to completion. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property Newsletter: Each new homeowner adds a fresh chapter," 14 Sep. 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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The first known use of protégé was in 1786

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25 Nov 2019

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“Protégé.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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