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Sep 12, 2013
This week's theme
What to call people at work

This week's words
factotum
interlocutor
confrere
protege
fugleman

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protege

PRONUNCIATION:
(PRO-tuh-zhay, pro-tuh-ZHAY)

MEANING:
noun: One who is protected, guided, and supported by somebody older and more experienced.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French protégé, past participle of protéger (to protect), from Latin protegere, from pro- + tegere (cover). Ultimately from Indo-European root (s)teg- (to cover), which is the ancestor of other words such as tile, thatch, protect, detect, and toga. Earliest documented use: 1786.

USAGE:
"'I'm proud of him,' Big Tigger says of his protege."
Chris Richards; Peter Rosenberg; The Washington Post; May 31, 2013.

See more usage examples of protege in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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