What does colleague mean?

Definitions for colleague
ˈkɒl igcol·league

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. colleague, co-worker, fellow worker, workfellownoun

    an associate that one works with

  2. 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"


  1. colleaguenoun

    A fellow member of a profession, staff, academic faculty or other organization; an associate

  2. Etymology: From collegue, from collega, from com- + legare, from lex.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COLLEAGUEnoun

    A partner in office or employment. Anciently accented on the last syllable.

    Etymology: collega, Lat.

    Easy it might be seen that I intend
    Mercy colleague with justice, sending thee. John Milton, P. Lost.

    The regents, upon demise of the crown, would keep the peace without colleagues. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Colleagueverb

    To unite with.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Colleagued with this dream of his advantage,
    He hath not fail’d to pester us with message,
    Importing the surrender of those lands. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.


  1. colleague

    Collegiality is the relationship between colleagues. A colleague is a fellow member of the same profession. Colleagues are those explicitly united in a common purpose and respect each other's abilities to work toward that purpose. A colleague is an associate in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office. In a narrower sense, members of the faculty of a university or college are each other's colleagues. Sociologists of organizations use the word 'collegiality' in a technical sense, to create a contrast with the concept of bureaucracy. Classical authors such as Max Weber consider collegiality as an organizational device used by autocrats to prevent experts and professionals from challenging monocratic and sometimes arbitrary powers. More recently, authors such as Eliot Freidson (USA), Malcolm Waters (Australia), and Emmanuel Lazega (France) have said that collegiality can now be understood as a full-fledged organizational form.


  1. colleague

    A colleague is a person with whom one works in a profession or business, often possessing an equal or similar level of responsibility and status. This individual is hence considered a co-worker or associate within the same organization or working environment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colleaguenoun

    a partner or associate in some civil or ecclesiastical office or employment. It is never used of partners in trade or manufactures

  2. Colleague

    to unite or associate with another or with others

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Colleague

    kol′ēg, n. one associated with others in some employment—not of partners in business.—n. Coll′eagueship. [Fr. collègue—L. collegacol, together, and legĕre, to choose.]

  2. Colleague

    kol′ēg, v.i. to join or unite: to conspire:—pr.p. colleaguing (kol-ēg′ing); pa.p. colleagued (kol-ēgd′). [From O. Fr. colliguer, to join in alliance—L. colligāre, to bind together.]

Editors Contribution

  1. colleague

    A person we work with.

    Our work colleague is getting married this year and we are all looking forward with joyful anticipation.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 11, 2020  

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'colleague' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3647

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'colleague' in Nouns Frequency: #649

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of colleague in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of colleague in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of colleague in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Zucker:

    As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo's tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague.

  2. Charles Randolph:

    By humanizing Roger to some degree, you realize that the predator is not the guy sitting in his office twirling his mustache. It is the mentor who turns on you, the colleague, who on a business trip, turns on you.

  3. Thomas Massie:

    I believe I'm in order because you interrupted my colleague to talk about social distancing and masks and opened this session with a discussion about masks, we're sitting here in little chairs back herelike children doing the peoples' business while there are empty seats up there. Yet we all flew here, if you flew here, on airplanes, shoulder-to-shoulder.

  4. Stephen Breyer:

    I mean you can't really see what the people look like, how are they reacting. You can't pick up something that your colleague said so easily. What is this colleague -- what does he or she think of what's going on. And when you're there in person it's a more human thing, and I'd say that's what it was : a big improvement today.

  5. Nicola Thorp:

    I refused and was sent home without pay, when I pointed out that my male colleague was allowed to work in flat shoes, and that I felt that I was being discriminated against, I was laughed at.

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