What does Fellow mean?

Definitions for Fellow
ˈfɛl oʊfel·low

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chap, fellow, feller, fella, lad, gent, blighter, cuss, blokenoun

    a boy or man

    "that chap is your host"; "there's a fellow at the door"; "he's a likable cuss"; "he's a good bloke"

  2. companion, comrade, fellow, familiar, associatenoun

    a friend who is frequently in the company of another

    "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"

  3. colleague, confrere, fellownoun

    a person who is member of one's class or profession

    "the surgeon consulted his colleagues"; "he sent e-mail to his fellow hackers"

  4. mate, fellownoun

    one of a pair

    "he lost the mate to his shoe"; "one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"

  5. fellownoun

    a member of a learned society

    "he was elected a fellow of the American Physiological Association"

  6. fellow, dude, busternoun

    an informal form of address for a man

    "Say, fellow, what are you doing?"; "Hey buster, what's up?"

  7. boyfriend, fellow, beau, swain, young mannoun

    a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman

    "if I'd known he was her boyfriend I wouldn't have asked"


  1. fellownoun

    A colleague or partner.

  2. fellownoun

    A companion; a comrade.

  3. fellownoun

    A man without good breeding or worth; an ignoble or mean man.

  4. fellownoun

    An equal in power, rank, character, etc.

  5. fellownoun

    One of a pair, or of two things used together or suited to each other; a mate.

  6. fellownoun

    A male person; a man.

  7. fellownoun

    In the English universities, a scholar who is appointed to a foundation called a fellowship, which gives a title to certain perquisites and privileges.

  8. fellownoun

    In an American college or university, a member of the corporation which manages its business interests; also, a graduate appointed to a fellowship, who receives the income of the foundation.

  9. fellownoun

    A member of a literary or scientific society; as, a Fellow of the Royal Society.

  10. fellowverb

    To suit with; to pair with; to match.

  11. fellownoun

    The most senior rank or title one can achieve on a technical career in certain companies (though some fellows also hold business titles such as vice president or chief technology officer). This is typically found in large corporations in research and development-intensive industries (IBM or Sun Microsystems in information technology, and Boston Scientific in Medical Devices for example). They appoint a small number of senior scientists and engineers as Fellows.

  12. fellownoun

    In the US and Canada, a physician who is undergoing a supervised, sub-specialty medical training (fellowship) after completing a specialty training program (residency).

  13. fellowadjective

    Having common characteristics; being of the same kind, or in the same group

  14. Etymology: fēlagi, from the Germanic bases of two words represented in English by fee and lay.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FELLOWnoun

    Etymology: quasi, to follow, John Minsheu from fe , faith, and lag , bound, Saxon, Franciscus Junius, Scottish.

    In youth I had twelve fellows like unto myself, but not one of them came to a good end. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    To be your fellow,
    You may deny me; but I’ll be your servant,
    Whether you will or no. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Have we not plighted each our holy oath,
    That one should be the common good of both;
    One soul should both inspire, and neither prove
    His fellow’s hindrance in pursuit of love? Dryden.

    Each on his fellow for assistance calls;
    At length the fatal fabrick mounts the walls. John Dryden, Virg.

    Let partial spirits still aloud complain,
    Think themselves injur’d that they cannot reign;
    And own no liberty, but where they may
    Without controul upon their fellows prey. Edmund Waller.

    A shepherd had one favourite dog: he fed him with his own hand, and took more care of him than of any of his fellows. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    Chieftain of the rest
    I chose him here: the earth shall him allow;
    His fellows late, shall be his subjects now. Edward Fairfax, b. i.

    So you are to be hereafter fellows, and no longer servants. Philip Sidney.

    When virtue is lodged in a body, that seems to have been prepared for the reception of vice: the soul and the body do not seem to be fellows. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 86.

    This is Othello’s ancient, as I take it.
    —— The same indeed; a very valiant fellow. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    An officer was in danger to have lost his place, but his wife made his peace; whereupon a pleasant fellow said, that he had been crushed, but that he saved himself upon his horns. Francis Bacon, Apophthegm 4.

    Full fifteen thousand lusty fellows
    With fire and sword the fort maintain;
    Each was a Hercules, you tell us,
    Yet out they march’d like common men. Matthew Prior.

    Those great fellows scornfully receiving them, as foolish birds fallen into their net, it pleased the eternal justice to make them suffer death by their hands. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Cassio hath here been set on in the dark
    By Rodorigo, and fellows that are ’scap’d:
    He’s almost slain, and Rodorigo dead. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    I have great comfort from this fellow: methinks he hath no drowning mark about him; his complexion is perfect gallows. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Opinion, that did help me to the crown,
    Had still kept loyal to possession;
    And left me in reputeless banishment,
    A fellow of no mark nor likelihood. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    How oft the sight of means, to do ill deeds,
    Makes deeds ill done? for had’st not thou been by,
    A fellow by the hand of nature mark’d,
    Quoted, and sign’d to do a deed of shame,
    This murder had not come into my mind. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    The Moor’s abus’d by some most villainous knave,
    Some base notorious knave, some scurvy fellow. William Shakespeare, Othell.

    The fellow had taken more fish than he could spend while they were sweet. Roger L'Estrange.

    As next of kin, Achilles’ arms I claim;
    This fellow would ingraft a foreign name
    Upon our stock, and the Sisyphian seed
    By fraud and theft asserts his father’s breed. Dryden.

    You will wonder how such an ordinary fellow, as this Mr. Wood, could have got his majesty’s broad seal. Jonathan Swift.

    You’ll find, if once the monarch acts the monk,
    Or, cobler like, the parson will be drunk,
    Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow;
    The rest is all but leather and prunella. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Man.

    The provost commanded his men to hang him up on the nearest tree: then the fellow cried out that he was not the miller, but the miller’s man. John Hayward.

  2. To Fellowverb

    To suit with; to pair with; to match. Fellow is often used in composition to mark community of nature, station, or employment.

    With what’s unreal, thou co-active art,
    And fellow’st nothing. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.


  1. fellow

    A fellow is a person who shares a common characteristic, pursuit, or affiliation with others. It is often used to refer to a member of a group, organization, or community who is on the same level or has a similar status as others within that group. Fellow can also be used more broadly to describe a person who is considered equal or similar to others in a particular context or field.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fellownoun

    a companion; a comrade; an associate; a partner; a sharer

  2. Fellownoun

    a man without good breeding or worth; an ignoble or mean man

  3. Fellownoun

    an equal in power, rank, character, etc

  4. Fellownoun

    one of a pair, or of two things used together or suited to each other; a mate; the male

  5. Fellownoun

    a person; an individual

  6. Fellownoun

    in the English universities, a scholar who is appointed to a foundation called a fellowship, which gives a title to certain perquisites and privileges

  7. Fellownoun

    in an American college or university, a member of the corporation which manages its business interests; also, a graduate appointed to a fellowship, who receives the income of the foundation

  8. Fellownoun

    a member of a literary or scientific society; as, a Fellow of the Royal Society

  9. Fellowverb

    to suit with; to pair with; to match

  10. Etymology: [OE. felawe, felaghe, Icel. flagi, fr. flag companionship, prop., a laying together of property; f property + lag a laying, pl. lg law, akin to liggja to lie. See Fee, and Law, Lie to be low.]


  1. Fellow

    In academia, a fellow is a member of a group of learned people who work together as peers in the pursuit of mutual knowledge or practice. The fellows may include visiting professors, postdoctoral researchers and doctoral researchers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fellow

    fel′ō, n. an associate: a companion and equal: one of a pair, a mate: a member of a university who enjoys a fellowship: a member of a scientific or other society: an individual, a person generally: a worthless person.—ns. Fell′ow-cit′izen, one belonging to the same city; Fell′ow-comm′oner, at Cambridge and elsewhere, a privileged class of undergraduates, dining at the Fellows' table; Fell′ow-crea′ture, one of the same race; Fell′ow-feel′ing, feeling between fellows or equals: sympathy; Fell′ow-heir, a joint-heir.—adv. Fell′owly (Shak.), companionable.—ns. Fell′ow-man, a man of the same common nature with one's self; Fell′ow-serv′ant, one who has the same master; Fell′owship, the state of being a fellow or partner: friendly intercourse: communion: an association: an endowment in a college for the support of graduates called Fellows: the position and income of a fellow: (arith.) the proportional division of profit and loss among partners.—Good fellowship, companionableness; Right hand of fellowship, the right hand given by one minister or elder to another at an ordination in some churches. [M. E. felawe—Ice. félagi, a partner in goods, from (Ger. vieh), cattle, property, and lag, a laying together, a law. Cf. Eng. Fee, and Law.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. fellow

    A sailor's soubriquet for himself; he will ask if you "have anything for a fellow to do?"

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Fellow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3651

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Fellow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3215

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Fellow' in Nouns Frequency: #1542

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Fellow' in Adjectives Frequency: #494

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Fellow in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Fellow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Fellow in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Cuomodirected:

    On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest sympathy toSpc. Abigail Jenks'family and loved ones, we are devastated by her loss and join her fellow soldiers, family and friends in honoring her service to our country.

  2. Mitt Romney:

    Even so, I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President, i am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia - including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine.

  3. August Strindberg:

    What an occupation! To sit and flay your fellow men and then offer their skins for sale and expect them to buy them.

  4. Jimmy Kimmel:

    Congratulations to our new fellow America citizens ! welcome to this country.

  5. Rahm Emanuel:

    We need to stop the revolving door for repeat gun offenders. These violent offenders must know that their punishment will match the seriousness of the crimes they committed and the value and the sanctity of the lives they have taken from their fellow family members.

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Translations for Fellow

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  • شريكArabic
  • колега, другар, компаньонBulgarian
  • chlapíkCzech
  • Kollege, Partner, Kamerad, GefährteGerman
  • σύντροφοςGreek
  • hombre, compañero, amigo, tipo, muchacho, colegaSpanish
  • kaaslane, kompanjon, seltsimees, kolleeg, kutsekaaslaneEstonian
  • همکارPersian
  • poika, mies, toveri, veikkoFinnish
  • consœur, gars, type, confrère, collègue, mec, camarade, amiFrench
  • compagnoItalian
  • בחורHebrew
  • nauwhea, autaia, nauhea, korokē, tawhitiMāori
  • kamrat, kolega, gośćPolish
  • коллега, пареньRussian
  • товаришUkrainian

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