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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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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 proteges

protege

n.

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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