protégée

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See also: protegee

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French protégée.

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Noun[edit]

protégée (plural protégées)

  1. A female protégé.
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter IV, in Mansfield Park, volume I, London: T[homas] Egerton, OCLC 39810224, page 81:
      The Admiral delighted in the boy, Mrs. Crawford doted on the girl; and it was the lady's death which now obliged her protegée, after some months' further trial at her uncle's house, to find another home.
    • 2009 January 31, “Rachida Dati: why was she fired?”, in The Week, issue 700, page 21:
      Though formerly a protégée and friend of [Nicolas] Sarkozy, [Rachida] 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 singular of the past participle of protéger