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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Liking, satisfaction, and contact with mentors were higher when proteges perceived themselves more similar to their mentors.
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