Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fellow member of a profession, staff, or academic faculty; an associate. synonym: partner.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An associate in office, professional employment, or special labor, as in a commission: not properly used of partners in business.
  • To coöperate in the same office, or for a common end; combine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb rare To unite or associate with another or with others.
  • noun A partner or associate in some civil or ecclesiastical office or employment. It is never used of partners in trade or manufactures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fellow member of a profession, staff, academic faculty or other organization; an associate
  • verb To unite or associate with another or with others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an associate that one works with
  • noun a person who is member of one's class or profession

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French collègue, from Latin collēga : com-, com- + lēgāre, to depute; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French collegue, from Latin collega ("a partner in office"), from com- ("with") + legare ("to send on an embassy"), from lex ("law").

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