[ kol-eeg ]
/ ˈkɒl ig /


an associate.

Nearby words

  1. collateralize,
  2. collateralized debt obligation,
  3. collation,
  4. collative,
  5. collator,
  6. collect,
  7. collect call,
  8. collect on delivery,
  9. collectable,
  10. collectanea

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for colleague


/ (ˈkɒliːɡ) /


a fellow worker or member of a staff, department, profession, etc

Word Origin for colleague

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



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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