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


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

Origin of protégée

1770–80; < French, feminine of protégé protégé Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for protegee

Historical Examples of protegee

  • When are you going to put my protegee into the operating-room?


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • As she was leaving the Rostovs she called her protegee aside.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • Frau Schurstab shook her head over her protegee's varying moods.

  • Miss Toland chuckled; she was well pleased with her protegee.

  • Louise beamed with pride over the impression her protegee was making.

    Winona of the Camp Fire

    Margaret Widdemer