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Origin of colleague
OTHER WORDS FROM colleaguecol·league·ship, noun
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What does colleague mean?
A colleague is someone you work with or someone who’s in the same profession as you, especially a peer within that profession.
Colleague can be a synonym for coworker, which is someone who has the same employer as you. But it also used to refer to people who have different employers but who work in the same or a very similar profession, especially when they regularly interact or share knowledge. For example, two medical researchers who work for different universities but who collaborate to publish research findings would be called colleagues.
Example: Sarah has received an outpouring of support from her fellow attorneys at the firm as well as many of her colleagues in the legal community.
Where does colleague come from?
The first records of the word colleague in English come from the 1500s. Colleague comes from the French collègue, which derives from the Latin collēga, meaning “one selected at the same time as another.” This is formed from col–, which is a variant of com-, meaning “together,” and lēgĕre, meaning “to choose.”
Colleague is commonly used as synonym for coworker, as in Please be considerate of your colleagues when using the office kitchen. But the two words can have different tones. Coworker is typically used in a neutral way simply to indicate that you work with someone. But if you like your coworkers, you might introduce them to someone as your colleagues, which can indicate a sense of friendliness and respect.
Colleague doesn’t always refer to a coworker. It can also be used to refer to someone who works in the same professional field. In this sense, a colleague doesn’t necessarily do the same exact job as you, but they do work in the same field and are most likely a peer who you at least occasionally interact with, as in I enjoy meeting some of my fellow colleagues at the industry conference each year.
Another synonym for colleague is associate. Both words imply that the relationship is based on a shared professional setting or regular professional interaction.
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What are some other forms related to colleague?
- colleagueship (noun)
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How is colleague used in real life?
Colleague is always used in a professional context and usually implies respect. It can be used to refer to someone one works closely with, someone in a similar field of work or study, or someone whose day-to-day work is comparable to one’s own.
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It takes years to become a great writer, designer, engineer, manager (you name it)
But it only takes days to become reliable, trustworthy, approachable, and kind.
The latter will put you above most of your colleagues.
— 𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐘𝐀𝐌✌🏼 (@MaryZai) February 28, 2020
Received a lovely compliment today via the hospital PALS service from a patient. It makes such a difference to feel valued. 😊 How could you make your colleagues feel valued?
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Which of the following words is not a synonym for colleague?
D. professional peer
Example sentences from the Web for colleague
“You got the wrong number for that,” Det. Johnson told her colleague, Coleman, over the phone while I fed her questions.
Maria Tomak says a colleague presented the document directly to Poroshenko when he met with volunteers on August 21.
His colleague at the British Museum, Dr. Jeremy Hill, who curated the 100 Objects book, opted for the word processor.
Mrs Saldanha, 46, answered the call and transferred it to a colleague, who gave details of the duchess's condition.
Kirk said he had reached out to Menendez and hoped to work with his colleague on the Russia sanctions this time around.NATO Plans New Military Outposts to Stop Putin—Just Don't Call Them Bases|Eli Lake|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He is a salesman in one of the large sweet shops, and the ballet dancer is his colleague!The Sexual Question|August Forel
I will vote to accept his application, and thus cancel out my colleague's negative vote.Star Surgeon|Alan Nourse
Your colleague, sir, put that young man to bed in a way that would have made you enjoy yourself.Roger Ingleton, Minor|Talbot Baines Reed
He could get but one man—his colleague, Dan Stone—to sign with him.The Life Of Abraham Lincoln|Ward H. Lamon
But they are not the most comfortable people to live with, as husband or wife, colleague or business partner.The Five Great Philosophies of Life|William de Witt Hyde