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


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

Related Words for protege

apprentice, charge, discovery, student, ward

Examples from the Web for protege

Historical Examples of protege

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for protege


feminine protge


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

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