[ 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.

Origin of protégé

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

Can be confused

prodigy 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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