Definition of fellow in English:



  • 1informal A man or boy.

    ‘he was an extremely obliging fellow’
    • ‘Tomorrow night, we will talk with a very interesting fellow.’
    • ‘She'd married another waiter, although the fellow was more customer than waiter.’
    • ‘Bigger lads too took part in this old custom while even bigger fellows played in bars to get the extra few ‘bob’ for a few pints of porter.’
    • ‘Then he tells them not to follow anyone - including, presumably, that fellow who was preaching on the Mount in the earlier scenes.’
    • ‘I have a fondness for little old guys like these fellows and often try to find a way to strike up a conversation.’
    • ‘The mentor needs to customize each role to match the characteristics of the fellow.’
    • ‘The fellow even killed a man who stole a loaf of bread from his bakery.’
    • ‘The mentor teaches the fellow to document for him or herself where the time goes, to spot time wasters and be ruthless in eliminating them.’
    • ‘And it only seems sensible to do what the fellow in the black body armour is suggesting.’
    • ‘All fellows who do this sort of thing must be blacklisted.’
    • ‘Again, I do not know what action, if any, was taken to address the individual fellow's grievance.’
    • ‘Tom had worked in the woods with one of the fellows, the other guy was a truck driver.’
    • ‘Thomas, my driver, was a spotlessly tidy, smartly dressed, obviously well washed and well-watered fellow.’
    • ‘He knows this fellow's been captured, and he will be elusive.’
    • ‘Instead, they think about the fellows, the young men and women they served with who are still in Iraq.’
    • ‘One man, a large fellow with arms like steel girders, stormed towards them, demanding to know what they were doing.’
    • ‘His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them; they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow.’
    • ‘I have had the privilege of meeting Brendan, and he is a really nice chap, a splendid fellow.’
    • ‘It's actually a strength, because I'm sort of a memorable-looking fellow.’
    • ‘This guy was a young fellow called Doug Woolerton.’
  • 2usually fellowsA person in the same position, involved in the same activity, or otherwise associated with another.

    ‘he was learning with a rapidity unique among his fellows’
    • ‘In reply he claims that he and his fellows hold their elevated position by virtue of a number of qualities which they enjoy simultaneously.’
    • ‘This man, whatever his reason, is defying the signalled wishes of the consumers, his fellows in society.’
    • ‘I used to instigate my university fellows, playing the role of Devil's advocate in very animated discussions on the subject.’
    • ‘As a good practicing Christian, don't you think many of your Christian friends, and fellows and other followers would be aghast at this?’
    • ‘Only when this happens will upright people stand out among their fellows.’
    • ‘This man was a very popular man among his fellows - they would never dare say to him that he was not a good singer, or that his other bandmates were not musical superstars.’
    • ‘Johnny, for one, wishes for a better life: college, a loving relationship, a true bond of friendship with his fellows.’
    • ‘Once the other locals notice you are approachable and downright friendly fellows, they too may step up to help get you drunk.’
    • ‘I plan to buy at least 2 extra copies as gifts for residents and fellows.’
    • ‘Philosophy in the twentieth century has become a pursuit for specialists, and accordingly most philosophers who have recently acquired reputations are famous only among their fellows.’
    • ‘When they were closer to the second bulwark, she disappeared among her fellows.’
    • ‘Is there a sense among - among you fellows that - that you haven't really picked up the number of votes you'd hoped you might have at this point?’
    • ‘Oddly enough we did meet a similar bunch of fellows.’
    • ‘Now, here, I've written down the plan for you to distribute among your fellows… don't read it aloud, if you please.’
    • ‘He was a child of the 60's whose memory will live on whenever good fellows meet in friendship.’
    • ‘The motoring associations are good fellows to suggest that cyclists or pedestrians may use any roads at all, as they do not pay for them to anything like the extent the motorist does.’
    • ‘We do not wish to be deserted by our friends and neighbors and fellows in business.’
    • ‘It is likewise not obvious that they have a right to go about dressed in a manner that is an affront to those among their fellows who have just as good a right as any to be where they are, such as in the streets and public squares and so on.’
    companion, friend, crony, comrade, partner, associate, co-worker, colleague
    peer, equal, contemporary, brother
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    1. 2.1 A thing of the same kind as or otherwise associated with another.
      ‘the page has been torn away from its fellows’
      • ‘The narrators relentlessly question their textual fellows as one version of a story challenges and even annihilates its counterparts.’
      • ‘She had picked it because of its relative isolation from the others behind the condiments table, as if it had disdained the company of its fellows.’
      • ‘It sank quickly, and hit the bottom, settling back in place among its fellows.’
      counterpart, mate, partner, match, twin, brother, double
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  • 3A member of a learned society.

    ‘a fellow of the Geological Society’
    • ‘Siop also elected 14 of its members as fellows of the division, the society's highest honor.’
    • ‘Each year, no more than one-half of 1 percent of the society's members are elected fellows by their peers.’
    • ‘In February 1843 MacCullagh was elected a fellow of the Royal Society.’
    • ‘Joel Kotkin is fellow at the New America Foundation.’
    • ‘It is traditional for new fellows of the society to walk to the podium in the large meeting room that dominates the building in order to sign the roll of honor and shake the president's hand.’
    • ‘In 1785 he and Boulton were elected fellows of the Royal Society.’
    • ‘In March 1981 Conway was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London.’
    • ‘Alex Pollock is resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.’
    • ‘We noted above that he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1953, at the age of only 29.’
    • ‘Mr. Dam is a board member and a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, one of the world's oldest and most respected think tanks.’
    • ‘One-third of respondents noted the positive impact of other fellows on their training; the potential value of such input from peers should not be minimized.’
    • ‘Thimgan was a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and a fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists.’
    • ‘However in 1820 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in the same year he was a major influence in founding the Royal Astronomical Society.’
    • ‘Kelly received a PhD in physics from Harvard University and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.’
    • ‘In 1984 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London in recognition of his talents.’
    • ‘In 1968 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London.’
    • ‘He was also elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was president of the Royal Irish Academy from 1961 to 1964.’
    • ‘He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1907 and, in 1913, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London.’
    • ‘He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1969 and was a member of its council from 1974 to 1976.’
    • ‘The two are among 34 fellows recognized in 2005, bringing to 532 the total number named since the program's inception.’
    subscriber, associate, representative, attender, insider, comrade, adherent, life member, founder member, card-carrying member
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    1. 3.1British An incorporated senior member of a college.
      ‘a tutorial fellow’
      • ‘‘I feel very honoured and it's nice to be one of the very first fellows under the University of Bolton banner,’ said Dr Iddon.’
      • ‘After the award of his doctorate, Wittgenstein was appointed a lecturer at Cambridge and he was made a fellow of Trinity College.’
      • ‘Having attracted Laud's attention as a preacher, he was sent by him to Oxford and became a fellow of All Souls College.’
      • ‘He was a founder member and fellow of Green College.’
      • ‘In 1963 he became professor of pathology at the institute and a founder fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.’
      • ‘After Oxford she got a job as a tutorial fellow at Bedford College at the University of London, but she did not enjoy it.’
      • ‘After four years of post-graduate studies and a year as a junior fellow at the Royal College of Music, Rachel now divides her time between teaching and performing.’
      • ‘Christopher M. Meissner is a lecturer in economics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of King's College.’
      • ‘He became a fellow of Emmanuel College during this period at Cambridge and it was during this time that Andrew Wiles was his research student.’
      • ‘Addison, a precocious scholar, was educated at Charterhouse and Oxford, becoming a fellow of Magdalen College in 1698.’
      • ‘Turner became a fellow of Merton College, Oxford in 1607, holding the fellowship until 1648.’
      • ‘In recent years the college, which was founded in 1893, has faced problems attracting students and fellows because of its unique status.’
      • ‘By then he was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and studying Sanskrit in Heidelberg.’
      • ‘Two became fellows at All Souls and the other got the best economics first at Cambridge since the war.’
      • ‘British Ambassador Anthony Brenton, a one-time fellow of the university, sponsored another such talk.’
      • ‘At twenty-two he became a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and curate to his father at Epworth, and entered the adult world on which he was to make so profound an impact.’
      • ‘The council consists of around a dozen senior fellows, headed by the college master.’
      • ‘He then read classics and humanities at Oxford and became a fellow of Merton College in 1869.’
      • ‘Less surprising is the large number of schoolmasters, top public school headmasters, college fellows and masters, and university professors.’
      • ‘First there was a general interview at which the candidates were grilled by the master, dean, senior tutor, and fellows of the subject.’
    2. 3.2also research fellow An elected graduate receiving a stipend for a period of research.
      • ‘His last academic station was Yale University where he served as a research fellow and instructor for two years.’
      • ‘Prof Baldwin was appointed research fellow on York University's Family Fund Research Project in 1973.’
      • ‘A research fellow at the University of Sheffield, Dr Helen Clayson, hopes to find out more about the disease and how it affects people so that care can be improved.’
      • ‘Charlotte Klonk is a research fellow at the University of Warwick.’
      • ‘He's a clinical and forensic psychologist who works at a psychiatric hospital, and a research fellow at Cambridge's Institute of Criminology.’
      • ‘Paul Pettitt is a research fellow at Keble College, Oxford’
      • ‘Mark Wooden is a professorial research fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic Research.’
      • ‘Anders Strindberg is a visiting research fellow at Princeton University.’
      • ‘He is also the Northern Taiwan Society's deputy chairman and a research fellow at Academia Sinica.’
      • ‘In almost every university also, the executive head was once upon a time a research fellow or ordinary lecturer.’
      • ‘Leanne McKay is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne.’
      • ‘Judith Field is a research fellow at the University of Sydney.’
      • ‘A further anecdote describes the time one of his tutors, a junior research fellow named Patrick Sandars, gave the class some problems from a book.’
      • ‘She currently is research fellow in the School of African and Asian Studies at the University of Sussex.’
      • ‘Jennifer C. Braceras, a lawyer and mother is a research fellow at Harvard Law School.’
      • ‘She is a senior research fellow and senior lecturer in the Department of Social Studies, Trinity College Dublin.’
      • ‘At present he is a research fellow in Cambridge while his girlfriend lives in Germany, ‘which is a long commute’.’
      • ‘Professor Gary Hamel is a research fellow at Harvard Business School.’
      • ‘Charles Murtaugh is a research fellow in the molecular and cellular biology department at Harvard University.’
      • ‘She is a Harvard University research fellow and joins us tonight from Philadelphia.’
    3. 3.3 A member of the governing body in some universities.
      • ‘Chung plans to study diplomacy as a visiting fellow at Stanford University and follow South Korean politics from the United States.’
      • ‘Daniel most recently worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Iowa State University.’
      • ‘He was a senior fellow in Near Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College.’
      • ‘Dr Newstead is a visiting fellow and temporary lecturer at the University of New South Wales.’
      • ‘On Monday night its success was celebrated at a gala dinner for staff, governors, fellows and guests from its past and its present.’
      • ‘Professor Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Laureate and honorary fellow of the university, will lead the congratulations in a keynote speech.’
      • ‘Another popular topic among the fellows was the disparity between the rich and poor in the United States.’
      • ‘He is currently a fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.’
      • ‘He spent the next two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.’
      • ‘She's also one of the associate fellows of integrated medicines who had MS and is now apparently free of the disease.’
      • ‘From 1973 until retirement he was a senior fellow in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.’
      • ‘She was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and at the University of Washington in Seattle.’
      • ‘Essis was a senior fellow at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University in 2003-04.’
      • ‘Applicants are expected to be new assistant professors or postdoctoral fellows at an academic institution, but exceptions will be considered.’
      • ‘She is currently a research associate/post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University Medical School.’
      • ‘Jay P. Greene is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.’
      • ‘Dr Moore is currently a post-doctoral fellow at James Cook University.’
      • ‘The idea of a summer school is to introduce the latest ideas to research students and fellows from universities around the world.’


  • attributive Sharing a particular activity, quality, or condition with someone or something.

    ‘they urged the troops not to fire on their fellow citizens’
    • ‘Youngsters meet with fellow students who share the same faith for sessions run by a tutor, also of the same faith.’
    • ‘He's met his share of resistance from fellow servants.’
    • ‘Sometimes I pass a fellow lost soul and exchange a nod of acknowledgement but this is a big maze and it seems to swallow people up.’
    • ‘Therefore when I see these values shared by my fellow citizens, that strengthens me.’
    • ‘I have a few burning national issues to share with my fellow countrymen and women.’
    • ‘Do atheists believe that calling their fellow man a ‘fool’ will put them in danger of being sent to hell?’
    • ‘I met one fellow soldier the day he arrived in camp, fully trained.’
    • ‘Mr Bursell's experiences were shared by fellow Yorkshireman Andrew Jenkins.’
    • ‘I am a regular reader and would like to share my views with fellow readers.’
    • ‘He said he did not walk away from the discussion because he had a ‘biblical duty’ to show his fellow man the correct way.’
    • ‘Viewers were asked to decide on who best coped with conditions and fellow competitors.’
    • ‘I'd want to help my fellow man out but why would I support them when I don't see them supporting me?’
    • ‘His fellow crew men did not raise the alarm until the Monday morning as they thought he had stayed on the Spanish vessel.’
    • ‘Bush and his regime are businesspeople, who are doing business with fellow, powerful businesspeople in other parts of the world.’
    • ‘Better yet, bring some treats to share with your fellow voters.’
    • ‘Can we remain human when we relegate the majority of our fellow citizens to inhumane conditions?’
    • ‘The festival also offered the chance to talk with fellow readers and share reading recommendations.’
    • ‘Locating food for the dogs was a daily exercise in resourcefulness that involved a network of friends, relatives and fellow dog lovers.’
    • ‘Chris Falls, who has 25 years in the industry, is keen to improve the wages and conditions of his fellow shearers and other pastoral workers.’
    • ‘She meets Robert, a dentist, whose life appears conventional, but is in fact a fellow lost soul.’


Late Old English fēolaga ‘a partner or colleague’ (literally ‘one who lays down money in a joint enterprise’), from Old Norse félagi, from fé ‘cattle, property, money’ + the Germanic base of lay.