Definition of protégé in English:



  • A person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced or influential person.

    ‘Ruskin submitted his protégé's name for election’
    • ‘None of the imitations came close to success, which may have persuaded Gordy - a songwriter himself - to encourage the search for originality among his protégés.’
    • ‘Felt mastered the art of succinct, just-the-facts-ma'am memo writing, which appealed to the meticulous Hoover, who made him one of his closest protégés.’
    • ‘Many of the heroes of Waterford's memorable Munster hurling final victory over Tipperary in 2002 were his protégés, and his legacy is in every sense a lasting and healthy one.’
    • ‘Wiener and von Neumann were both protégés, religious protégés, of Bertrand Russell, who had introduced the attempt to reduce to simple arithmetic, linear methods everything in the universe.’
    • ‘In fact, the jockeying has already begun to determine places for China's next generation of leaders, with office-holders keen to push their own allies and protégés.’
    • ‘Ignoring the comments of his fellow players he went and hugged his former protégé.’
    • ‘Will the devious Valentinov succeed in taking revenge on his former protégé?’
    • ‘Brezhnev, a protégé and supporter of Khrushchev, fainted in one of them and had to be revived in a nearby room.’
    • ‘Dominated by such generals as Wolseley, Roberts and Kitchener, it operated through patronage, protectors and protégés rather than institutional mechanisms.’
    • ‘Frankie's days have been characterized by pushing his protégés to the brink of success and then pulling back for fear of having them embarrassed or not able to protect themselves.’
    • ‘These teenagers are not protégés, but they can be witty, self-assured and eccentric.’
    • ‘He was a protégé of Big Joe Williams and friends with Sonny Boy Williamson and Tommy Johnson.’
    • ‘The maverick Svengali continues to gather followers and protégés.’
    • ‘The other is a nautical protégé and disinherited son of some influential merchant along the coast.’
    • ‘Informally they exert a great deal of influence on today's military, filled as it is with their former subordinates and protégés.’
    • ‘Coaches will be watching jealously over their protégés, hoping to turn around and find a spin bowler of international calibre or a young man with spectacular wrist action and footwork to match.’
    • ‘His protégés were placed in important administration jobs; he was on the boards of several start-up companies and advised others about how to deal with the administration.’
    • ‘Like any good manager he has handled his young protégé with kid gloves.’
    • ‘Ray plans to present Louis, his protégé and dirty errand boy, as the prototype of the New Working Man.’
    • ‘The present regime may ‘cast away’ some of its former protégés, but these groups appear to be determined to challenge their creators in more ingenious ways than one.’
    pupil, student, trainee, apprentice
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Late 18th century: French, literally ‘protected’, past participle of protéger, from Latin protegere ‘cover in front’ (see protect).