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protégé

[proh-tuh-zhey, proh-tuh-zhey] /ˈproʊ təˌʒeɪ, ˌproʊ təˈʒeɪ/
noun
1.
a person under the patronage, protection, or care of someone interested in his or her career or welfare.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < French, noun use of past participle of protéger to protect < Latin prōtegere. See protect
Can be confused
prodigy, protégé.
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Examples for protégé
  • The only thing that grows down is potatoes, he told his protégé.
  • The first rule of patronage has always been that the protégé's actions and manner reflect on the patron.
  • Promotion of a protégé is a serious exercise where to recommend an unsuitable one damages one's own standing.
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protégé

/ˈprəʊtɪˌʒeɪ/
noun
1.
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
protege
1778, from Fr. protégé (fem. protégée) "one who is protected," from pp. of M.Fr. protéger "protect," from L. protegere (see protect).
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