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[ proh-tuh-zhey, proh-tuh-zhey ]
/ ˈproʊ təˌʒeɪ, ˌproʊ təˈʒeɪ /


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


apprentice, charge, discovery, student, ward

Nearby words

protuberant abdomen, protuberantly, protuberate, proturan, protyle, protégé, protégée, proud, proud as a peacock, proud flesh, proudful

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

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British Dictionary definitions for protege


feminine protge

/ (ˈprəʊtɪˌʒeɪ) /


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