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protégé (plural protégés)
- A person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced person or mentor.
- While Pablo was visiting his family in Mexico, he visited José Santos, a protégé of his who was now head cholo of the Illuminati at his own will. — Manifold Destiny by Sylvia Nasar and David Gruber, The New Yorker
- protégée (feminine form)
person who is guided and supported
- past participle of (protected)