- The definition of a protégé is a person being helped to further their career by someone already established in the same field.
An example of a protégé is a student teacher being paired up with to learn from a college professor.
a person guided and helped, esp. in the furtherance of his or her career, by another, more influential person
Origin of protégéFrench past participle of protéger ; from Classical Latin protegere, protect
- 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)
Borrowed from French protégé, past participle of protéger (“to protect”).