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[kol-eeg] /ˈkɒl ig/
an associate.
Origin of colleague
1515-25; < Middle French collegue < Latin collēga, equivalent to col- col-1 + -lēga, derivative of legere to choose, gather
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colleagueship, noun Unabridged
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  • He nudged his colleague and drew his attention to the object that had attracted him.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • Besides, as he said to a colleague, "If we did not dissolve we would be showing the white feather."

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Mr. Smith and his colleague exchanged glances, and the latter drew his chief on one side.

    The Illustrious Prince E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Once place my colleague on the other side, You'd say, This lawyer should be deified!

  • Capitolinus, Marcellus's colleague, a licentious and reckless man, made disgraceful proposals to this lad.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II Aubrey Stewart & George Long
British Dictionary definitions for colleague


a fellow worker or member of a staff, department, profession, etc
Word Origin
C16: from French collègue, from Latin collēga one selected at the same time as another, from com- together + lēgāre to choose
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Word Origin and History for colleague

1530s, from Middle French collègue (16c.), from Latin collega "partner in office," from com- "with" (see com-) + leg-, stem of legare "to choose" (see legate). So, "one chosen to work with another," or "one chosen at the same time as another."

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