Definition of fellow in US English:



  • 1informal A man or boy.

    ‘he was an extremely obliging fellow’
    • ‘He knows this fellow's been captured, and he will be elusive.’
    • ‘I have had the privilege of meeting Brendan, and he is a really nice chap, a splendid fellow.’
    • ‘Thomas, my driver, was a spotlessly tidy, smartly dressed, obviously well washed and well-watered fellow.’
    • ‘I have a fondness for little old guys like these fellows and often try to find a way to strike up a conversation.’
    • ‘Tomorrow night, we will talk with a very interesting fellow.’
    • ‘This guy was a young fellow called Doug Woolerton.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them; they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic 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.’
    • ‘The fellow even killed a man who stole a loaf of bread from his bakery.’
    • ‘Instead, they think about the fellows, the young men and women they served with who are still in Iraq.’
    • ‘Then he tells them not to follow anyone - including, presumably, that fellow who was preaching on the Mount in the earlier scenes.’
    • ‘The mentor needs to customize each role to match the characteristics of the fellow.’
    • ‘It's actually a strength, because I'm sort of a memorable-looking fellow.’
    • ‘Again, I do not know what action, if any, was taken to address the individual fellow's grievance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tom had worked in the woods with one of the fellows, the other guy was a truck driver.’
    • ‘One man, a large fellow with arms like steel girders, stormed towards them, demanding to know what they were doing.’
    • ‘She'd married another waiter, although the fellow was more customer than waiter.’
    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’
    • ‘Only when this happens will upright people stand out among their fellows.’
    • ‘As a good practicing Christian, don't you think many of your Christian friends, and fellows and other followers would be aghast at this?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, here, I've written down the plan for you to distribute among your fellows… don't read it aloud, if you please.’
    • ‘I used to instigate my university fellows, playing the role of Devil's advocate in very animated discussions on the subject.’
    • ‘Johnny, for one, wishes for a better life: college, a loving relationship, a true bond of friendship with his fellows.’
    • ‘He was a child of the 60's whose memory will live on whenever good fellows meet in friendship.’
    • ‘In reply he claims that he and his fellows hold their elevated position by virtue of a number of qualities which they enjoy simultaneously.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This man, whatever his reason, is defying the signalled wishes of the consumers, his fellows in society.’
    • ‘Once the other locals notice you are approachable and downright friendly fellows, they too may step up to help get you drunk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When they were closer to the second bulwark, she disappeared among her fellows.’
    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’
      • ‘It sank quickly, and hit the bottom, settling back in place among 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.’
      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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alex Pollock is resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 February 1843 MacCullagh was elected a fellow of the Royal Society.’
    • ‘Joel Kotkin is fellow at the New America Foundation.’
    • ‘He was also elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was president of the Royal Irish Academy from 1961 to 1964.’
    • ‘The two are among 34 fellows recognized in 2005, bringing to 532 the total number named since the program's inception.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1968 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London.’
    • ‘Thimgan was a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and a fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists.’
    • ‘We noted above that he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1953, at the age of only 29.’
    • ‘Each year, no more than one-half of 1 percent of the society's members are elected fellows by their peers.’
    • ‘In March 1981 Conway was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London.’
    • ‘In 1984 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London in recognition of his talents.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘By then he was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and studying Sanskrit in Heidelberg.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After the award of his doctorate, Wittgenstein was appointed a lecturer at Cambridge and he was made a fellow of Trinity College.’
      • ‘In recent years the college, which was founded in 1893, has faced problems attracting students and fellows because of its unique status.’
      • ‘Less surprising is the large number of schoolmasters, top public school headmasters, college fellows and masters, and university professors.’
      • ‘After Oxford she got a job as a tutorial fellow at Bedford College at the University of London, but she did not enjoy it.’
      • ‘Two became fellows at All Souls and the other got the best economics first at Cambridge since the war.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘British Ambassador Anthony Brenton, a one-time fellow of the university, sponsored another such talk.’
      • ‘In 1963 he became professor of pathology at the institute and a founder fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.’
      • ‘Addison, a precocious scholar, was educated at Charterhouse and Oxford, becoming a fellow of Magdalen College in 1698.’
      • ‘Having attracted Laud's attention as a preacher, he was sent by him to Oxford and became a fellow of All Souls College.’
      • ‘First there was a general interview at which the candidates were grilled by the master, dean, senior tutor, and fellows of the subject.’
      • ‘He was a founder member and fellow of Green College.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Christopher M. Meissner is a lecturer in economics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of King's 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.’
      • ‘Turner became a fellow of Merton College, Oxford in 1607, holding the fellowship until 1648.’
    2. 3.2also research fellow A student or graduate receiving a fellowship for a period of research.
      • ‘Charles Murtaugh is a research fellow in the molecular and cellular biology department at Harvard University.’
      • ‘She currently is research fellow in the School of African and Asian Studies at the University of Sussex.’
      • ‘She is a senior research fellow and senior lecturer in the Department of Social Studies, Trinity College Dublin.’
      • ‘In almost every university also, the executive head was once upon a time a research fellow or ordinary lecturer.’
      • ‘Paul Pettitt is a research fellow at Keble College, Oxford’
      • ‘Judith Field is a research fellow at the University of Sydney.’
      • ‘Leanne McKay is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At present he is a research fellow in Cambridge while his girlfriend lives in Germany, ‘which is a long commute’.’
      • ‘His last academic station was Yale University where he served as a research fellow and instructor for two years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's a clinical and forensic psychologist who works at a psychiatric hospital, and a research fellow at Cambridge's Institute of Criminology.’
      • ‘Charlotte Klonk is a research fellow at the University of Warwick.’
      • ‘Mark Wooden is a professorial research fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic Research.’
      • ‘Prof Baldwin was appointed research fellow on York University's Family Fund Research Project in 1973.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jennifer C. Braceras, a lawyer and mother is a research fellow at Harvard Law School.’
    3. 3.3 A member of the governing body in some universities.
      • ‘He is currently a fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.’
      • ‘Dr Moore is currently a post-doctoral fellow at James Cook University.’
      • ‘She's also one of the associate fellows of integrated medicines who had MS and is now apparently free of the disease.’
      • ‘He spent the next two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was a senior fellow in Near Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College.’
      • ‘Another popular topic among the fellows was the disparity between the rich and poor in the United States.’
      • ‘Professor Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Laureate and honorary fellow of the university, will lead the congratulations in a keynote speech.’
      • ‘Chung plans to study diplomacy as a visiting fellow at Stanford University and follow South Korean politics from the United States.’
      • ‘Applicants are expected to be new assistant professors or postdoctoral fellows at an academic institution, but exceptions will be considered.’
      • ‘On Monday night its success was celebrated at a gala dinner for staff, governors, fellows and guests from its past and its present.’
      • ‘Dr Newstead is a visiting fellow and temporary lecturer at the University of New South Wales.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Daniel most recently worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Iowa State University.’
      • ‘The idea of a summer school is to introduce the latest ideas to research students and fellows from universities around the world.’
      • ‘Essis was a senior fellow at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University in 2003-04.’


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

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


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.