Definition of protégé in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprōdəˌZHā/
Pronunciation: /ˌprōdəˈZHā/
(also protege)


A person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced or influential person: he was an aide and protégé of the former Tennessee senator
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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.
student, pupil, trainee, apprentice;
disciple, follower;
discovery, find, ward


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

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Syllabification: pro·té·gé

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