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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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  • There is a patent for linking from one page to another that my colleague has.
  • In the ethical version a lawyer helps his colleague, whereas in the unethical version the lawyer sabotages him.
  • So they stationed a colleague on a college campus and had her sneeze loudly as students walked by.
  • He and a colleague arrived at the boat within minutes.
  • My colleague has shown no remorse, and has not changed his views or his ways.
  • Likewise, the committee is not looking for an expert, but for a colleague.
  • If the paper is good, you've found a colleague that shares your interests.
  • Seven months after receiving the bad news, my colleague was still unemployed, but she was not idle.
  • Your task now is to make them see you as a future colleague.
  • Introduce yourself or ask a mutual colleague to help you make connections.
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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