Definition of fellow in US English:



  • 1informal A man or boy.

    ‘he was an extremely obliging fellow’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tomorrow night, we will talk with a very interesting fellow.’
    • ‘One man, a large fellow with arms like steel girders, stormed towards them, demanding to know what they were doing.’
    • ‘He knows this fellow's been captured, and he will be elusive.’
    • ‘It's actually a strength, because I'm sort of a memorable-looking fellow.’
    • ‘Tom had worked in the woods with one of the fellows, the other guy was a truck driver.’
    • ‘This guy was a young fellow called Doug Woolerton.’
    • ‘All fellows who do this sort of thing must be blacklisted.’
    • ‘Then he tells them not to follow anyone - including, presumably, that fellow who was preaching on the Mount in the earlier scenes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Again, I do not know what action, if any, was taken to address the individual fellow's grievance.’
    • ‘I have a fondness for little old guys like these fellows and often try to find a way to strike up a conversation.’
    • ‘Thomas, my driver, was a spotlessly tidy, smartly dressed, obviously well washed and well-watered fellow.’
    • ‘Instead, they think about the fellows, the young men and women they served with who are still in Iraq.’
    • ‘She'd married another waiter, although the fellow was more customer than waiter.’
    • ‘I have had the privilege of meeting Brendan, and he is a really nice chap, a splendid fellow.’
    • ‘And it only seems sensible to do what the fellow in the black body armour is suggesting.’
    • ‘The fellow even killed a man who stole a loaf of bread from his bakery.’
    • ‘His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them; they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow.’
    • ‘The mentor needs to customize each role to match the characteristics of the fellow.’
    1. 1.1 A boyfriend or lover.
      ‘has she got a fellow?’
      • ‘It is an extraordinary thing that this young fellow did.’
      • ‘My previous boyfriends are all good-looking fellows; the most recent one has deliciously broad shoulders.’
  • 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 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.’
    • ‘I plan to buy at least 2 extra copies as gifts for residents and fellows.’
    • ‘We do not wish to be deserted by our friends and neighbors and fellows in business.’
    • ‘Now, here, I've written down the plan for you to distribute among your fellows… don't read it aloud, if you please.’
    • ‘This man, whatever his reason, is defying the signalled wishes of the consumers, his fellows in society.’
    • ‘Only when this happens will upright people stand out among their fellows.’
    • ‘Johnny, for one, wishes for a better life: college, a loving relationship, a true bond of friendship with his fellows.’
    • ‘I used to instigate my university fellows, playing the role of Devil's advocate in very animated discussions on the subject.’
    • ‘Once the other locals notice you are approachable and downright friendly fellows, they too may step up to help get you drunk.’
    • ‘When they were closer to the second bulwark, she disappeared among her fellows.’
    • ‘He was a child of the 60's whose memory will live on whenever good fellows meet in friendship.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oddly enough we did meet a similar bunch of 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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a good practicing Christian, don't you think many of your Christian friends, and fellows and other followers would be aghast at this?’
    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.’
      • ‘It sank quickly, and hit the bottom, settling back in place among its fellows.’
      • ‘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.’
      counterpart, mate, partner, match, twin, brother, double
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  • 3A member of a learned society.

    ‘he was elected 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1968 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London.’
    • ‘In 1785 he and Boulton were elected fellows of the Royal Society.’
    • ‘Kelly received a PhD in physics from Harvard University and is a fellow of the American Physical 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.’
    • ‘He was also elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was president of the Royal Irish Academy from 1961 to 1964.’
    • ‘Thimgan was a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and a fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists.’
    • ‘He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1969 and was a member of its council from 1974 to 1976.’
    • ‘Joel Kotkin is fellow at the New America Foundation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The two are among 34 fellows recognized in 2005, bringing to 532 the total number named since the program's inception.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In February 1843 MacCullagh was elected a fellow of the Royal Society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1984 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London in recognition of his talents.’
    • ‘We noted above that he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1953, at the age of only 29.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Less surprising is the large number of schoolmasters, top public school headmasters, college fellows and masters, and university professors.’
      • ‘Turner became a fellow of Merton College, Oxford in 1607, holding the fellowship until 1648.’
      • ‘After Oxford she got a job as a tutorial fellow at Bedford College at the University of London, but she did not enjoy it.’
      • ‘The council consists of around a dozen senior fellows, headed by the college master.’
      • ‘After the award of his doctorate, Wittgenstein was appointed a lecturer at Cambridge and he was made a fellow of Trinity College.’
      • ‘British Ambassador Anthony Brenton, a one-time fellow of the university, sponsored another such talk.’
      • ‘Two became fellows at All Souls and the other got the best economics first at Cambridge since the war.’
      • ‘He then read classics and humanities at Oxford and became a fellow of Merton College in 1869.’
      • ‘In 1963 he became professor of pathology at the institute and a founder fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In recent years the college, which was founded in 1893, has faced problems attracting students and fellows because of its unique status.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘First there was a general interview at which the candidates were grilled by the master, dean, senior tutor, and fellows of the subject.’
      • ‘Christopher M. Meissner is a lecturer in economics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of King's College.’
      • ‘Having attracted Laud's attention as a preacher, he was sent by him to Oxford and became a fellow of All Souls College.’
      • ‘Addison, a precocious scholar, was educated at Charterhouse and Oxford, becoming a fellow of Magdalen College in 1698.’
      • ‘By then he was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and studying Sanskrit in Heidelberg.’
      • ‘He was a founder member and fellow of Green College.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 3.2also research fellow A student or graduate receiving a fellowship for a period of research.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Charles Murtaugh is a research fellow in the molecular and cellular biology department at Harvard University.’
      • ‘At present he is a research fellow in Cambridge while his girlfriend lives in Germany, ‘which is a long commute’.’
      • ‘Mark Wooden is a professorial research fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic Research.’
      • ‘Leanne McKay is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne.’
      • ‘Jennifer C. Braceras, a lawyer and mother is a research fellow at Harvard Law School.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She is a Harvard University research fellow and joins us tonight from Philadelphia.’
      • ‘Charlotte Klonk is a research fellow at the University of Warwick.’
      • ‘She currently is research fellow in the School of African and Asian Studies at the University of Sussex.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘Judith Field is a research fellow at the University of Sydney.’
      • ‘Anders Strindberg is a visiting research fellow at Princeton University.’
      • ‘Professor Gary Hamel is a research fellow at Harvard Business School.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She is a senior research fellow and senior lecturer in the Department of Social Studies, Trinity College Dublin.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 3.3 A member of the governing body in some universities.
      • ‘Dr Moore is currently a post-doctoral fellow at James Cook University.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dr Newstead is a visiting fellow and temporary lecturer at the University of New South Wales.’
      • ‘Professor Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Laureate and honorary fellow of the university, will lead the congratulations in a keynote speech.’
      • ‘He is currently a fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.’
      • ‘Another popular topic among the fellows was the disparity between the rich and poor in the United States.’
      • ‘Daniel most recently worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Iowa State University.’
      • ‘On Monday night its success was celebrated at a gala dinner for staff, governors, fellows and guests from its past and its present.’
      • ‘Essis was a senior fellow at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University in 2003-04.’
      • ‘She was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and at the University of Washington in Seattle.’
      • ‘Applicants are expected to be new assistant professors or postdoctoral fellows at an academic institution, but exceptions will be considered.’
      • ‘Jay P. Greene is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.’
      • ‘The idea of a summer school is to introduce the latest ideas to research students and fellows from universities around the world.’
      • ‘She is currently a research associate/post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University Medical School.’
      • ‘He was a senior fellow in Near Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College.’
      • ‘Chung plans to study diplomacy as a visiting fellow at Stanford University and follow South Korean politics from the United States.’
      • ‘From 1973 until retirement he was a senior fellow in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.’


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

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


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.