One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person with whom one works in a profession or business.
fellow worker, workmate, teammate, co-worker, associate, partner, co-partner, collaborator, ally, comrade, companion, confederateView synonyms
- ‘I have a dear friend who is being unfairly targeted by colleagues he used to be in business with.’
- ‘He is said by colleagues to be a hard taskmaster who does not tolerate failure.’
- ‘The best his Labour colleagues have managed in his support is to defend his right to air his views.’
- ‘The head teacher and his or her senior colleagues will be a visible presence round the school.’
- ‘Local councils have set up support and advice centres to help colleagues making new bids.’
- ‘Yesterday felt really weird and nasty as I found out that two of my colleagues had been laid off.’
- ‘We are with him through the deaths of colleagues and family, including his father.’
- ‘While doing his day job, he observed the way in which he and his colleagues actually worked.’
- ‘On the subject of his holiday, many Labour colleagues agree he should make redress.’
- ‘We are also working closely with our colleagues in primary care and public health.’
- ‘Once inside, he began to deliver a lecture about how lazy he and my work colleagues think I am.’
- ‘He would require the support of Labour Party colleagues on Hull City Council to do so.’
- ‘Her work colleagues have described her as the person who puts a smile on everyone's face.’
- ‘After his death former colleagues described him as a decent man who was devoted to his family.’
- ‘I just want to move on with one more issue before I invite my colleagues to come in.’
- ‘The trip will only go ahead if Salmond and his amateur colleagues can negotiate time off work.’
- ‘Police colleagues in Bedale already have a joint base with the local fire brigade.’
- ‘Spent part of today writing a couple of spoof company memos for a select group of colleagues.’
- ‘That is a very interesting question which colleagues would no doubt wish to debate first.’
- ‘Despite the best efforts of his colleagues and emergency services he died at the scene.’
Early 16th century: from French collègue, from Latin collega ‘partner in office’, from col- ‘together with’ + legare ‘depute’.
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