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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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Examples from the web for protege
  • 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.
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
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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).

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