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Nov 10, 2004
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What does that car name mean?

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prelude
caprice
protege
pinto
tercel

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protege

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protege (PRO-tuh-zhay, pro-tuh-ZHAY) noun

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

[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) that's the ancestor of other words such as tile, thatch, protect, detect, and toga.]

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

"Bear Bryant's protege, Schnellenberger, listened wisely."
Don't Despair; Charlotte Sun (Charlotte Harbor, Florida); Nov 1, 2004.

"Mentors focus on results and on people. They build on strengths and stimulate personal growth. They know what their protégé can do and challenge them to do it."
Build a New Generation of Managers; Business Day (Johannesburg, South Africa); Oct 26, 2004.

Today's word is the name of a car from Mazda.

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