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colleague

[kol-eeg]
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noun
  1. an associate.
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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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  • The premier and some of his colleagues observed, however, a moody silence.

  • 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

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

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

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


British Dictionary definitions for colleagues

colleague

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

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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