an associate.

1515–25; < Middle French collegue < Latin collēga, equivalent to col- col-1 + -lēga, derivative of legere to choose, gather

colleagueship, noun Unabridged
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colleague (ˈkɒliːɡ)
a fellow worker or member of a staff, department, profession, etc
[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 & History

1533, from M.Fr. collègue, from L. collega "partner in office," from com- "with" + leg-, stem of legare "to choose." So, "one chosen to work with another."
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Example sentences
He then became supple in action and large in motive, whatever he thought of his
To many of his colleagues, he appeared uninterested in anything other than
He and his colleagues advertised extensively and received many calls.
Mini-deadlines and friendly, but annoying colleagues seem to work for me.
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