col·​league | \ ˈkä-(ˌ)lēg How to pronounce colleague (audio) \

Definition of colleague

: an associate or coworker typically in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office and often of similar rank or status : a fellow worker or professional

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colleagueship \ ˈkä-​(ˌ)lēg-​ˌship How to pronounce colleague (audio) \ noun

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Which of the following words come from the same source as colleague: College,    legacy,    collaborate,    allegation,    collar,    relegate,    delegate?

It might be easier to guess if you know that the ancestor in question is legare, a Latin verb meaning "to choose or send as a deputy or emissary or "to bequeath." All of the words in the list above except collaborate (which comes from the Latin collaborare, meaning "to labor together") and collar (from collum, Latin for neck) are descendants of legare."

Examples of colleague in a Sentence

Not since Cronkite's CBS mentor and colleague Edward R. Murrow lifted Senator Joe McCarthy by the skunk tail for public inspection had one TV broadcast reflected such a fateful climate change in public opinion. — James Wolcott, Vanity Fair, June 2003 My colleague Gene Sperling and I were standing over my speakerphone, but for all Mario Cuomo knew we were on our knees. — George Stephanopoulos, Newsweek, 15 Mar. 1999 Nineteenth-century naturalist Thomas Henry Huxley, a colleague of Charles Darwin, was the first to suggest that dinosaurs and birds were related. — Laura Tangley, U.S. News & World Report, 6 July 1998 … it gets noticed no more than an hour later by another colleague of mine, whom I've never met personally but know to be an art historian … — John Barth, Atlantic, March 1995 A colleague of mine will be speaking at the conference. on her first day at work her colleagues went out of their way to make her feel welcome
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Recent Examples on the Web It’s about respecting company, colleague and client needs and expectations. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Taylor was the subject of a 2020 phone conversation, reported on July 6 by the New York Times, between colleague Rachel Nichols and Adam Mendelsohn, the longtime adviser of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 Here, too, Lashana Lynch enters the action in the Cuba scenes (something to do with Blofeld and SPECTRE and mass killings at a birthday party) as 007′s MI6 colleague. Michael Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Oct. 2021 Here, too, Lashana Lynch enters the action in the Cuba scenes (something to do with Blofeld and SPECTRE and mass killings at a birthday party) as 007′s MI6 colleague. Michael Phillips,, 4 Oct. 2021 Dungey became involved with Children’s Institute after the death of her close friend and former ABC colleague, Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs, who had been a board member. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 29 Sep. 2021 Thanks to former Massachusetts Daily Collegian colleague Paul Basken for sending this along., 25 Sep. 2021 My Los Angeles Times en Español colleague Eduard Cauich captured the moment in which the beef between Álvarez and Plant became personal and started swinging at each other. Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 That year, Meier founded a company with Bill Stealey, a former colleague and veteran Air Force pilot. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of colleague

circa 1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colleague

Middle French collegue, from Latin collega, from com- + legare to depute — more at legate

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“Colleague.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of colleague

: a person who works with you : a fellow worker


col·​league | \ ˈkä-ˌlēg How to pronounce colleague (audio) \

Kids Definition of colleague

: an associate in a profession : a fellow worker

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