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fellow

[fel-oh]
noun
1.
a man or boy: a fine old fellow; a nice little fellow.
2.
Informal. beau; suitor: Mary had her fellow over to meet her folks.
3.
Informal. person; one: They don't treat a fellow very well here.
4.
a person of small worth or no esteem.
5.
a companion; comrade; associate: They have been fellows since childhood.
6.
a person belonging to the same rank or class; equal; peer: The doctor conferred with his fellows.
7.
one of a pair; mate; match: a shoe without its fellow.
8.
Education.
a.
a graduate student of a university or college to whom an allowance is granted for special study.
b.
British. an incorporated member of a college, entitled to certain privileges.
c.
a member of the corporation or board of trustees of certain universities or colleges.
9.
a member of any of certain learned societies: a fellow of the British Academy.
10.
Obsolete. a partner.
verb (used with object)
11.
to make or represent as equal with another.
12.
Archaic. to produce a fellow to; match.
adjective
13.
belonging to the same class or group; united by the same occupation, interests, etc.; being in the same condition: fellow students; fellow sufferers.

Origin:
before 1050; Middle English felowe, felawe, late Old English fēolaga < Old Norse fēlagi partner in a joint undertaking, equivalent to money, property (cognate with Old English feoh, German Vieh) + -lagi bedfellow, comrade; akin to lair1, lie2

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fellow (ˈfɛləʊ)
 
n
1.  a man or boy
2.  an informal word for boyfriend
3.  informal one or oneself: a fellow has to eat
4.  a person considered to be of little importance or worth
5.  a.  (often plural) a companion; comrade; associate
 b.  (as modifier): fellow travellers
6.  (at Oxford and Cambridge universities) a member of the governing body of a college, who is usually a member of the teaching staff
7.  a member of the governing body or established teaching staff at any of various universities or colleges
8.  a postgraduate student employed, esp for a fixed period, to undertake research and, often, to do some teaching
9.  a.  a person in the same group, class, or condition: the surgeon asked his fellows
 b.  (as modifier): fellow students; a fellow sufferer
10.  one of a pair; counterpart; mate: looking for the glove's fellow
 
[Old English fēolaga, from Old Norse fēlagi, one who lays down money, from money + lag a laying down]

Fellow (ˈfɛləʊ)
 
n
a member of any of various learned societies: Fellow of the British Academy

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fellow
O.E. feolaga "partner," from O.N. felagi, from fe "money" + verbal base denoting "lay." Sense is of "one who puts down money with another in a joint venture." Used familiarly since M.E. for "man, male person," but not etymologically masculine. University senses (c.1449, corresponding to L. socius) evolved
from notion of "one of the corporation who constitute a college" and who are paid from its revenues. Fellow-feeling (1613) attempted to translate L. compassio and Gk. sympatheia. First record of fellow-traveler in sense of "one who sympathizes with the Communist movement but is not a party member," is from 1936, translating Rus. poputchik.
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