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[kol-eeg] /ˈkɒl ig/
an associate.
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 then became supple in action and large in motive, whatever he thought of his colleagues.
  • To many of his colleagues, he appeared uninterested in anything other than mathematics.
  • He and his colleagues advertised extensively and received many calls.
  • Mini-deadlines and friendly, but annoying colleagues seem to work for me.
  • Consulting also enables professors to say to students and colleagues that they have seen the workings of government and industry.
  • These doubly expert faculty members, he said, can show colleagues how to apply new approaches to teaching the discipline.
  • It was refreshing to read new journals, meet new colleagues, and plan new projects.
  • Take time to socialize with junior and senior colleagues at laboratory or department functions.
  • During our brief conversations, he has made cutting remarks about his fellow colleagues.
  • Talk with friends, colleagues, and advisers to learn as much as possible about the place and the people there.
British Dictionary definitions for colleagues


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 colleagues



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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