WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
col•league /ˈkɑlig/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a fellow member of a profession;
    an associate:a business colleague.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
col•league  (kolēg),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an associate.
colleague•ship′, n. 
  • Latin collēga, equivalent. to col- col-1 + -lēga, derivative of legere to choose, gather
  • Middle French collegue
  • 1515–25

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

colleague /ˈkɒliːɡ/ n
  1. a fellow worker or member of a staff, department, profession, etc
Etymology: 16th Century: from French collègue, from Latin collēga one selected at the same time as another, from com- together + lēgāre to choose

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