protégé

[proh-tuh-zhey, proh-tuh-zhey]
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noun

a person under the patronage, protection, or care of someone interested in his or her career or welfare.

Nearby words

  1. protuberant abdomen,
  2. protuberantly,
  3. protuberate,
  4. proturan,
  5. protyle,
  6. protégée,
  7. proud,
  8. proud as a peacock,
  9. proud flesh,
  10. proudful

Origin of protégé

1780–90; < French, noun use of past participle of protéger to protect < Latin prōtegere. See protect

Can be confusedprodigy protégé

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British Dictionary definitions for protege

protégé

feminine protge

noun

a person who is protected and aided by the patronage of another person

Word Origin for protégé

C18: from French protéger to protect

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Word Origin and History for protege

protege

n.

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).

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