protégée

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French protégée.

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Noun[edit]

protégée (plural protégées)

  1. A female protégé.
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park[1], volume one, chapter IV, Thomas Egerton:
      The Admiral delighted in the boy, Mrs. Crawford doted on the girl; and it was the lady's death which now obliged her protégée, after some months' further trial at her uncle's house, to find another home.
    • 2009: The Week, issue 700 (2009 January 31), News, Talking points, page 21, “Rachida Dati: why was she fired?”
      Though formerly a protégée and friend of Sarkozy, Dati has fallen from grace in the past year, said John Lichfield in The Independent.

French[edit]

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Verb[edit]

protégée f

  1. feminine past participle of protéger