colleague etymology

English word colleague comes from Latin legere, Latin com-, and later Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) collegue (Co-worker; colleague.)

Detailed word origin of colleague

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
legere Latin (lat)
com- Latin (lat)
collega Latin (lat) (by extension) associate, companion, fellow, colleague. A partner (in office), colleague.
collegue Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Co-worker; colleague.
colleague English (eng) A fellow member of a profession, staff, academic faculty or other organization; an associate. To unite or associate with another or with others.

Words with the same origin as colleague

Descendants of legere
coil collect collected collecting collection collective collector legion litter recollection
Descendants of com-
account college command commander commissioner competition complain complete complex confirm conscience construction correct cos cost couch count cousin precious price prison prisoner prize