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[proh-tuh-zhey, proh-tuh-zhey] /ˈproʊ təˌʒeɪ, ˌproʊ təˈʒeɪ/
a person under the patronage, protection, or care of someone interested in his or her career or welfare.
Origin of protégé
1780-90; < French, noun use of past participle of protéger to protect < Latin prōtegere. See protect
Can be confused
prodigy, protégé. Unabridged
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  • "Mr. Matyi" accompanied his protégé to the next room, thence he trusted him to find his way out.

  • I still have influence with the Senate; the present President is a protégé of mine.

    Suite Mentale Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He may gain, on the contrary, if that protection of the State is withdrawn from the protégé.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • Up till that time he had been more or less a protégé of the Popes.

    Dante: His Times and His Work Arthur John Butler
  • "Well, I wish her joy of her protégé," said Winnie, with a dubious shake of her head.

British Dictionary definitions for protégé


a person who is protected and aided by the patronage of another person
Word Origin
C18: from French protéger to protect
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Word Origin and History for protégé



1778, from French protégé (fem. protégée) "one who is protected," noun use of past participle of Middle French protéger "protect," from Latin protegere (see protect; also cf. protection).

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