Definitions

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

  • n. A fellow member of a profession, staff, or academic faculty; an associate. See Synonyms at partner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

French collègue, from Latin collēga : com-, com- + lēgāre, to depute; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French collegue, from Latin collega ("a partner in office"), from com- ("with") + legare ("to send on an embassy"), from lex ("law"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Wife of one of my colleague is also scientist, still works as head of the lab, and has a baby.

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  • Or talk to a friend or colleague from the region to gain other insights.

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  • Today I learned that a most amusing and talented colleague is about to leave Nature for a Great Adventure: walking the Appalachian Trail - and blogging about it en route.

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  • So, I would say your colleague is full of crap and a poseur in violation of the Stolen Valor Act if he is in possession of those medals and is claiming them as his own.

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  • Not with the colleague from the party, but another person.

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  • I'm pretty sure our esteemed colleague from the NPCA would have been instantly transformed into a mumbling idiot.

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  • You urged folks to 'take a bat out' on me, and then you called my colleague, Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, a jerk.'

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  • Seven months after Barack Obama defeated him in the U.S. presidential election, the Republican senator from Arizona said Sunday he thinks his former Senate colleague is making things happen in the White House.

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  • Four months later, his long-term colleague Roger Guy unexpectedly announced his decision to retire from Gartmore.

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  • In the first instance, we're sure our colleague is competent, but we feel no real personal bond.

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