mentee

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from mentor. Although mentor comes from Ancient Greek Μέντωρ (Méntōr), the name of a mythological figure, it was reanalyzed as terminating in the Latinate suffix -tor (doer), leading to a form using the corresponding suffix -ee (one who has an action done upon them). Attested at least to 1958.

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mentee (plural mentees)

  1. A person who is being mentored
    • 1958, Educating Youth for Economic Competence[1], volume 15:
      The mentee occasionally teaches the class, regularly confers with students, conducts optional special study sessions, and relieves the professor of most clerical classroom functions.

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