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[yohk-fel-oh] /ˈyoʊkˌfɛl oʊ/
an associate or companion, especially at work; partner.
a spouse.
Also, yokemate
[yohk-meyt] /ˈyoʊkˌmeɪt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of yokefellow
1520-30; yoke1 + fellow, translation of Greek sýzygos Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I have not been writing a formal treatise, but pouring out my heart to a beloved friend and yoke-fellow.

    The Assembly of God C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
  • John Wilson, the future vocalist, was his yoke-fellow in office.

  • People who know nothing of the country call this alleged friendship of the ox for his yoke-fellow fabulous.

    The Devil's Pool George Sand
  • Had he, the imagined but unvisioned, been her yoke-fellow, would she now lie raising caged-beast cries in execration of the yoke?

  • Yes, you; for he had the face of my yoke-fellow at the Mines.

    The Bondman Hall Caine
  • From - privative, and (Latin jugum), yoke, from the seeming absence of a yoke-fellow to the lower lip of the corolla.

  • From the time of the Doctor's death till her marriage in 1887, the youngest daughter was her mother's companion and yoke-fellow.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • People who are unfamiliar with the country call the love of the ox for his yoke-fellow a fable.

    The Devil's Pool George Sand
  • But all noted that goodly weapon, the yoke-fellow of so many great deeds.

  • Francis Howgill, now left desolate and alone, poured forth a touching lament for his vanished 'yoke-fellow.'

    A Book of Quaker Saints Lucy Violet Hodgkin
British Dictionary definitions for yoke-fellow


(archaic) a working companion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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yoke-fellow in the Bible

(Phil. 4:3), one of the apostle's fellow-labourers. Some have conjectured that Epaphroditus is meant. Wyckliffe renders the phrase "the german felowe", i.e., "thee, germane [=genuine] comrade."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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