English - Etymology
From Middle English felowe, felawe, felage, from Old Norse félagi (“companion, associate, shareholder, colleague”), from félag (“partnership”, literally “a laying together of property”), from the Germanic bases of two words represented in English by fee and law.
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
- (obsolete) A colleague or partner.
(archaic) A companion; a comrade.
- John Milton (1608-1674)
- William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
- Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)
- 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterII:
- A man without good breeding or worth; an ignoble or mean man.
- An equal in power, rank, character, etc.
- One of a pair, or of two things used together or suited to each other; a mate.
- (colloquial) A male person; a man.
- (rare) A person; an individual, male or female.
(heading) A rank or title in the professional world, usually given as "Fellow".
- In the English universities, a scholar who is appointed to a foundation called a fellowship, which gives a title to certain perquisites and privileges.
- In an American college or university, a member of the corporation which manages its business interests; also, a graduate appointed to a fellowship, who receives the income of the foundation.
- A member of a literary or scientific society; as, a Fellow of the Royal Society.
- The most senior rank or title one can achieve on a technical career in certain companies (though some Fellows also hold business titles such as Vice President or Chief Technology Officer). This is typically found in large corporations in research and development-intensive industries (IBM or Sun Microsystems in information technology, and Boston Scientific in Medical Devices for example). They appoint a small number of senior scientists and engineers as Fellows.
- In the US and Canada, a physician who is undergoing a supervised, sub-specialty medical training (fellowship) after completing a specialty training program (residency).
In North America, fellow is less likely to be used for a man in general in comparison to other words that have the same purpose. Nevertheless, it is still used by some. In addition, it has a good bit of use as an academic or medical title or membership.