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[proh-tuh-zhey, proh-tuh-zhey] /ˈproʊ təˌʒeɪ, ˌproʊ təˈʒeɪ/
a person under the patronage, protection, or care of someone interested in his or her career or welfare.
Origin of protégé
1780-90; < French, noun use of past participle of protéger to protect < Latin prōtegere. See protect
Can be confused
prodigy, protégé. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for protege
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  • This big lad, who had the massiveness and gentleness of a Fleming, was a protege of Lisa's.

  • And of course she was, as always, glad to see her protege, her Robert Penfold.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • It pleased him to make his protege, his adopted son-in-law, happy.

  • I beg your Royal Highness's pardon, I hope you have not forgotten your protege, my son.'

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • "I say, you do that first rate," cried Tommy, who considered Nat his protege.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • So much the worse; but, at least, I will do for your protege what you refuse to permit me to do for you.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • I resigned myself to remain the protege of the fair unknown.

  • Mme. Husson had just retired when they informed her that her protege had disappeared.

  • Cecilia had formed the most extensive projects for the education of her protege.

    Popular Tales

    Madame Guizot
  • I merely stated a fact—complimentary, one might think, to your protege.

    The Ordeal of Elizabeth Elizabeth Von Arnim
British Dictionary definitions for protege


a person who is protected and aided by the patronage of another person
Word Origin
C18: from French protéger to protect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for protege

1778, from French protégé (fem. protégée) "one who is protected," noun use of past participle of Middle French protéger "protect," from Latin protegere (see protect; also cf. protection).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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