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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: collègue, from Latin collega, from com- ( COM-) + legare 'to choose for a particular job'

colleague

noun
     
col‧league S3 W2 [countable]
someone you work with, used especially by professional people:
a colleague of mine from the bank
She discussed the idea with some of her colleagues.

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