colleague

A colleague is someone you work with at your job. When you are a teacher, the other teachers are your colleagues. When you work as a cashier at 7-11, the guy at the deli counter is your colleague as well.

Your colleagues are usually people at the same level or rank as you are. You would not usually consider your boss to be a colleague. This noun is from French collègue, from Latin collega "a person chosen along with another," from the prefix com- "with" plus legare "to appoint as a deputy."

Definitions of colleague
  1. noun
    an associate that one works with
    synonyms: co-worker, fellow worker, workfellow
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    type of:
    associate
    a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
  2. noun
    a person who is member of one's class or profession
    “the surgeon consulted his colleagues
    synonyms: confrere, fellow
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    type of:
    associate
    a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
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