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 Intern Helm and Doctor Simms, Tom Koracick's protege, are injured — Simms badly so. Lindsay Denninger,, "Here’s What Just Happened On Station 19, In Case You’re A Grey’s Fan Who Skipped It," 23 Jan. 2020 Brennan Marion, offensive coordinator at William & Mary Marion is another Malzahn protege, though the up-and-coming assistant has never coached under Malzahn. Tom Green |, al, "Potential candidates for Auburn’s next offensive coordinator," 9 Dec. 2019 Former Belichick protege Bill O’Brien secured his first win against mentor Bill, breaking a humbling and at times humilating 0-5 skid., "With four weeks to play and the red-hot Chiefs coming to town, the Patriots are the number two seed, and the Super Bowl seems far away.," 2 Dec. 2019 Correa denied any involvement but his supporters have been critical of Moreno since his former protege unexpectedly steered the country of 16.5 million people to the right after taking office in 2017. Matthew Bristow And Stephan Kueffner | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Ecuador’s Government Crisis, Explained," 9 Oct. 2019 On Thursday it was announced that Ying Yong, a key Xi ally, had been appointed to run Hubei, while other Xi proteges have been dispatched to Wuhan to help clean up the political mess there. James Griffiths, CNN, "The fallout from the death of a Chinese doctor is turning into a major challenge for Xi Jinping," 13 Feb. 2020 An eager protege intent on pleasing his boss, Nuru took what some saw as extreme measures to sanitize the city’s grimy downtown, even ripping benches from United Nations Plaza in 2001 — a controversial move to chase out transients and drug dealers. Rachel Swan,, "After praising Mohammed Nuru for years, city officials now critical or silent," 1 Feb. 2020 The reference is to a former Boeing CEO and GE Welch protege under whom labor relations were strained and, Aboulafia said, a focus grew on rewarding shareholders through buybacks and dividends. Washington Post, "New Boeing CEO’s epic to-do list: Restart 737 Max production. Repair FAA links. And fix a culture where supervisors were called ‘monkeys.’," 10 Jan. 2020 And coach Andy Reid beat protege Matt Nagy in his first meeting with his longtime former assistant. oregonlive, "Patrick Mahomes leads Kansas City to rout over the Chicago Bears: Sunday Night Football recap, score, stats and more," 23 Dec. 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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17 Mar 2020

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“Protégé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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