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[kol-eeg] /ˈkɒl ig/
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 forms
colleagueship, noun Unabridged
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  • The premier and some of his colleagues observed, however, a moody silence.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Von Holzen was only a scientist, a fact of which he assured his colleagues repeatedly.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • The Indian ventured to question this, and his seven colleagues were all of his opinion.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • I must confess that I gave your husband and his colleagues a terrible fright the other night.

  • Once out of the de Naarboveck house, he could explain matters to his colleagues.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for colleagues


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 colleagues



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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