protégé

[proh-tuh-zhey, proh-tuh-zhey]
noun
a person under the patronage, protection, or care of someone interested in his or her career or welfare.

Origin:
1780–90; < French, noun use of past participle of protéger to protect < Latin prōtegere. See protect

prodigy, protégé.
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protégé or (feminine) protégée (ˈprəʊtɪˌʒeɪ)
 
n
a person who is protected and aided by the patronage of another person
 
[C18: from French protéger to protect]
 
protégée or (feminine) protégée
 
n
 
[C18: from French protéger to protect]

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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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Example sentences
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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