Etymology
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protege (n.)

"one who is under the care or protection of another," 1778, from French protégé (fem. protégée) "one who is protected," noun use of past participle of protéger "protect," from Latin protegere (see protect; also see protection). Usually in italics in English before 1820s.

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Definitions of protege

protege (n.)
a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers the protege's career;
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