Definition of protégé in English:


Line breaks: pro|tégé
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒtɪʒeɪ
, -tɛʒeɪ, ˈprəʊ-/

noun (feminine protégée pronunc. same)

  • A person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced or influential person: Ruskin submitted his protégé’s name for election
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    • The maverick Svengali continues to gather followers and protégés.
    • Brezhnev, a protégé and supporter of Khrushchev, fainted in one of them and had to be revived in a nearby room.
    • Like any good manager he has handled his young protégé with kid gloves.
    pupil, student, trainee, apprentice; disciple, follower, discovery, ward, dependant, charge, mentee
    archaic fosterling


late 18th century: French, literally 'protected', past participle of protéger, from Latin protegere 'cover in front' (see protect).

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