Definition of protégé in English:

protégé

(also protege)

noun

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

    ‘he was an aide and protégé of the former Tennessee senator’
    • ‘Informally they exert a great deal of influence on today's military, filled as it is with their former subordinates and protégés.’
    • ‘Ignoring the comments of his fellow players he went and hugged his former protégé.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dominated by such generals as Wolseley, Roberts and Kitchener, it operated through patronage, protectors and protégés rather than institutional mechanisms.’
    • ‘Brezhnev, a protégé and supporter of Khrushchev, fainted in one of them and had to be revived in a nearby room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ray plans to present Louis, his protégé and dirty errand boy, as the prototype of the New Working Man.’
    • ‘The other is a nautical protégé and disinherited son of some influential merchant along the coast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was a protégé of Big Joe Williams and friends with Sonny Boy Williamson and Tommy Johnson.’
    • ‘Will the devious Valentinov succeed in taking revenge on his former protégé?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These teenagers are not protégés, but they can be witty, self-assured and eccentric.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like any good manager he has handled his young protégé with kid gloves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The maverick Svengali continues to gather followers and 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    pupil, student, trainee, apprentice
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Origin

Late 18th century: French, literally ‘protected’, past participle of protéger, from Latin protegere ‘cover in front’ (see protect).

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