Definition of fellow noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfeləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeloʊ//
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  1. 1  (informal, becoming old-fashioned) a way of referring to a man or boy He's a nice old fellow. see also fella
  2. 2[usually plural] a person that you work with or that is like you; a thing that is similar to the one mentioned She has a very good reputation among her fellows. Many caged birds live longer than their fellows in the wild.
  3. 3(British English) a senior member of some colleges or universities a fellow of New College, Oxford See related entries: University people
  4. 4a member of an academic or professional organization a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
  5. 5(especially North American English) a graduate student who holds a fellowship a graduate fellow a teaching fellow See related entries: University people
  6. Word Originlate Old English fēolaga ‘a partner or colleague’ (literally ‘one who lays down money in a joint enterprise’), from Old Norse félagi, from ‘cattle, property, money’ + the Germanic base of lay (verb and noun).Extra examples She was elected a fellow of the Academy. The poor fellow had his wallet stolen. He became a teaching fellow at the University of Texas. He’s a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. She’s a fellow of New College, Oxford.
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