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colleague

[kol-eeg]
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noun
  1. an associate.

Origin of colleague

1515–25; < Middle French collegue < Latin collēga, equivalent to col- col-1 + -lēga, derivative of legere to choose, gather
Related formscol·league·ship, noun
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colleague

noun
  1. a fellow worker or member of a staff, department, profession, etc

Word Origin

C16: from French collègue, from Latin collēga one selected at the same time as another, from com- together + lēgāre to choose
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Word Origin and History for colleague

n.

1530s, from Middle French collègue (16c.), from Latin collega "partner in office," from com- "with" (see com-) + leg-, stem of legare "to choose" (see legate). So, "one chosen to work with another," or "one chosen at the same time as another."

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