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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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  • The North American appears to have been Mr. Brisbane's protege, if he had any.

    History of American Socialisms John Humphrey Noyes
  • This big lad, who had the massiveness and gentleness of a Fleming, was a protege of Lisa's.

  • This little property was sold to Mr. Nason by his protege, though no money was paid.

    Try Again Oliver Optic
  • And of course she was, as always, glad to see her protege, her Robert Penfold.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I have heard the story of the protege of the Misses Barrington.

    Nan of the Gypsies Grace May North
  • It pleased him to make his protege, his adopted son-in-law, happy.

  • Then it was that the savage nature seemed predominant, and her gentle nurse almost feared to look at her protege or approach her.

    Canadian Crusoes Catherine Parr Traill
  • I beg your Royal Highness's pardon, I hope you have not forgotten your protege, my son.'

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • But Vautrin is arrested, and, although he has been the instrument of his protege's happiness, he is led off to prison once more.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
  • "I say, you do that first rate," cried Tommy, who considered Nat his protege.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for protege


a person who is protected and aided by the patronage of another person
Word Origin
C18: from French protéger to protect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for protege

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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