Meaning of fellow in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɛləʊ/

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  • 1 informal A man or boy.

    • ‘he was an extremely obliging fellow’
    • ‘Again, I do not know what action, if any, was taken to address the individual fellow's grievance.’
    • ‘And it only seems sensible to do what the fellow in the black body armour is suggesting.’
    • ‘I have had the privilege of meeting Brendan, and he is a really nice chap, a splendid fellow.’
    • ‘Bigger lads too took part in this old custom while even bigger fellows played in bars to get the extra few ‘bob’ for a few pints of porter.’
    • ‘All fellows who do this sort of thing must be blacklisted.’
    • ‘The mentor needs to customize each role to match the characteristics of the fellow.’
    • ‘Instead, they think about the fellows, the young men and women they served with who are still in Iraq.’
    • ‘I have a fondness for little old guys like these fellows and often try to find a way to strike up a conversation.’
    • ‘Tom had worked in the woods with one of the fellows, the other guy was a truck driver.’
    • ‘It's actually a strength, because I'm sort of a memorable-looking fellow.’
    • ‘The fellow even killed a man who stole a loaf of bread from his bakery.’
    • ‘She'd married another waiter, although the fellow was more customer than waiter.’
    • ‘This guy was a young fellow called Doug Woolerton.’
    • ‘One man, a large fellow with arms like steel girders, stormed towards them, demanding to know what they were doing.’
    • ‘Then he tells them not to follow anyone - including, presumably, that fellow who was preaching on the Mount in the earlier scenes.’
    • ‘Thomas, my driver, was a spotlessly tidy, smartly dressed, obviously well washed and well-watered fellow.’
    • ‘His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them; they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow.’
    • ‘Tomorrow night, we will talk with a very interesting fellow.’
    • ‘He knows this fellow's been captured, and he will be elusive.’
    • ‘The mentor teaches the fellow to document for him or herself where the time goes, to spot time wasters and be ruthless in eliminating them.’
  • 2usually fellowsA person in the same position, involved in the same activity, or otherwise associated with another.

    ‘he was learning with a rapidity unique among his fellows’
    • ‘In reply he claims that he and his fellows hold their elevated position by virtue of a number of qualities which they enjoy simultaneously.’
    • ‘The motoring associations are good fellows to suggest that cyclists or pedestrians may use any roads at all, as they do not pay for them to anything like the extent the motorist does.’
    • ‘Is there a sense among - among you fellows that - that you haven't really picked up the number of votes you'd hoped you might have at this point?’
    • ‘Philosophy in the twentieth century has become a pursuit for specialists, and accordingly most philosophers who have recently acquired reputations are famous only among their fellows.’
    • ‘It is likewise not obvious that they have a right to go about dressed in a manner that is an affront to those among their fellows who have just as good a right as any to be where they are, such as in the streets and public squares and so on.’
    • ‘Now, here, I've written down the plan for you to distribute among your fellows… don't read it aloud, if you please.’
    • ‘When they were closer to the second bulwark, she disappeared among her fellows.’
    • ‘Only when this happens will upright people stand out among their fellows.’
    • ‘This man was a very popular man among his fellows - they would never dare say to him that he was not a good singer, or that his other bandmates were not musical superstars.’
    • ‘As a good practicing Christian, don't you think many of your Christian friends, and fellows and other followers would be aghast at this?’
    • ‘Johnny, for one, wishes for a better life: college, a loving relationship, a true bond of friendship with his fellows.’
    • ‘Once the other locals notice you are approachable and downright friendly fellows, they too may step up to help get you drunk.’
    • ‘He was a child of the 60's whose memory will live on whenever good fellows meet in friendship.’
    • ‘We do not wish to be deserted by our friends and neighbors and fellows in business.’
    • ‘Oddly enough we did meet a similar bunch of fellows.’
    • ‘I plan to buy at least 2 extra copies as gifts for residents and fellows.’
    • ‘This man, whatever his reason, is defying the signalled wishes of the consumers, his fellows in society.’
    • ‘I used to instigate my university fellows, playing the role of Devil's advocate in very animated discussions on the subject.’
    companion, friend, crony, comrade, partner, associate, co-worker, colleague
    peer, equal, contemporary, brother
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    1. 2.1A thing of the same kind as or otherwise associated with another.
      ‘the page has been torn away from its fellows’
      • ‘The narrators relentlessly question their textual fellows as one version of a story challenges and even annihilates its counterparts.’
      • ‘It sank quickly, and hit the bottom, settling back in place among its fellows.’
      • ‘She had picked it because of its relative isolation from the others behind the condiments table, as if it had disdained the company of its fellows.’
      counterpart, mate, partner, match, twin, brother, double
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  • 3A member of a learned society.

    ‘a fellow of the Geological Society’
    • ‘He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1969 and was a member of its council from 1974 to 1976.’
    • ‘In 1984 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London in recognition of his talents.’
    • ‘In 1785 he and Boulton were elected fellows of the Royal Society.’
    • ‘However in 1820 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in the same year he was a major influence in founding the Royal Astronomical Society.’
    • ‘He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1907 and, in 1913, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London.’
    • ‘In 1968 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London.’
    • ‘In February 1843 MacCullagh was elected a fellow of the Royal Society.’
    • ‘In March 1981 Conway was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London.’
    • ‘We noted above that he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1953, at the age of only 29.’
    • ‘He was also elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was president of the Royal Irish Academy from 1961 to 1964.’
    • ‘Thimgan was a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and a fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists.’
    • ‘Each year, no more than one-half of 1 percent of the society's members are elected fellows by their peers.’
    • ‘Siop also elected 14 of its members as fellows of the division, the society's highest honor.’
    • ‘It is traditional for new fellows of the society to walk to the podium in the large meeting room that dominates the building in order to sign the roll of honor and shake the president's hand.’
    • ‘Alex Pollock is resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.’
    • ‘Joel Kotkin is fellow at the New America Foundation.’
    • ‘One-third of respondents noted the positive impact of other fellows on their training; the potential value of such input from peers should not be minimized.’
    • ‘The two are among 34 fellows recognized in 2005, bringing to 532 the total number named since the program's inception.’
    • ‘Kelly received a PhD in physics from Harvard University and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.’
    • ‘Mr. Dam is a board member and a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, one of the world's oldest and most respected think tanks.’
    subscriber, associate, representative, attender, insider, fellow, comrade, adherent, life member, founder member, card-carrying member
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    1. 3.1British An incorporated senior member of a college.
      ‘a tutorial fellow’
      • ‘After Oxford she got a job as a tutorial fellow at Bedford College at the University of London, but she did not enjoy it.’
      • ‘First there was a general interview at which the candidates were grilled by the master, dean, senior tutor, and fellows of the subject.’
      • ‘After the award of his doctorate, Wittgenstein was appointed a lecturer at Cambridge and he was made a fellow of Trinity College.’
      • ‘In 1963 he became professor of pathology at the institute and a founder fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.’
      • ‘The council consists of around a dozen senior fellows, headed by the college master.’
      • ‘Addison, a precocious scholar, was educated at Charterhouse and Oxford, becoming a fellow of Magdalen College in 1698.’
      • ‘Having attracted Laud's attention as a preacher, he was sent by him to Oxford and became a fellow of All Souls College.’
      • ‘He then read classics and humanities at Oxford and became a fellow of Merton College in 1869.’
      • ‘Less surprising is the large number of schoolmasters, top public school headmasters, college fellows and masters, and university professors.’
      • ‘After four years of post-graduate studies and a year as a junior fellow at the Royal College of Music, Rachel now divides her time between teaching and performing.’
      • ‘He was a founder member and fellow of Green College.’
      • ‘At twenty-two he became a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and curate to his father at Epworth, and entered the adult world on which he was to make so profound an impact.’
      • ‘Christopher M. Meissner is a lecturer in economics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of King's College.’
      • ‘Turner became a fellow of Merton College, Oxford in 1607, holding the fellowship until 1648.’
      • ‘By then he was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and studying Sanskrit in Heidelberg.’
      • ‘He became a fellow of Emmanuel College during this period at Cambridge and it was during this time that Andrew Wiles was his research student.’
      • ‘Two became fellows at All Souls and the other got the best economics first at Cambridge since the war.’
      • ‘In recent years the college, which was founded in 1893, has faced problems attracting students and fellows because of its unique status.’
      • ‘British Ambassador Anthony Brenton, a one-time fellow of the university, sponsored another such talk.’
      • ‘‘I feel very honoured and it's nice to be one of the very first fellows under the University of Bolton banner,’ said Dr Iddon.’
    2. 3.2also research fellowAn elected graduate receiving a stipend for a period of research.
      ‘She is a Harvard University research fellow and joins us tonight from Philadelphia.’
      • ‘Professor Gary Hamel is a research fellow at Harvard Business School.’
      • ‘Jennifer C. Braceras, a lawyer and mother is a research fellow at Harvard Law School.’
      • ‘Anders Strindberg is a visiting research fellow at Princeton University.’
      • ‘Mark Wooden is a professorial research fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic Research.’
      • ‘In almost every university also, the executive head was once upon a time a research fellow or ordinary lecturer.’
      • ‘His last academic station was Yale University where he served as a research fellow and instructor for two years.’
      • ‘Charles Murtaugh is a research fellow in the molecular and cellular biology department at Harvard University.’
      • ‘She currently is research fellow in the School of African and Asian Studies at the University of Sussex.’
      • ‘He is also the Northern Taiwan Society's deputy chairman and a research fellow at Academia Sinica.’
      • ‘He's a clinical and forensic psychologist who works at a psychiatric hospital, and a research fellow at Cambridge's Institute of Criminology.’
      • ‘At present he is a research fellow in Cambridge while his girlfriend lives in Germany, ‘which is a long commute’.’
      • ‘A research fellow at the University of Sheffield, Dr Helen Clayson, hopes to find out more about the disease and how it affects people so that care can be improved.’
      • ‘Charlotte Klonk is a research fellow at the University of Warwick.’
      • ‘Paul Pettitt is a research fellow at Keble College, Oxford’
      • ‘A further anecdote describes the time one of his tutors, a junior research fellow named Patrick Sandars, gave the class some problems from a book.’
      • ‘Leanne McKay is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne.’
      • ‘Judith Field is a research fellow at the University of Sydney.’
      • ‘She is a senior research fellow and senior lecturer in the Department of Social Studies, Trinity College Dublin.’
      • ‘Prof Baldwin was appointed research fellow on York University's Family Fund Research Project in 1973.’
    3. 3.3A member of the governing body in some universities.
      ‘Daniel most recently worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Iowa State University.’
      • ‘She is currently a research associate/post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University Medical School.’
      • ‘Dr Moore is currently a post-doctoral fellow at James Cook University.’
      • ‘Chung plans to study diplomacy as a visiting fellow at Stanford University and follow South Korean politics from the United States.’
      • ‘He is currently a fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.’
      • ‘He spent the next two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.’
      • ‘Applicants are expected to be new assistant professors or postdoctoral fellows at an academic institution, but exceptions will be considered.’
      • ‘The idea of a summer school is to introduce the latest ideas to research students and fellows from universities around the world.’
      • ‘Professor Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Laureate and honorary fellow of the university, will lead the congratulations in a keynote speech.’
      • ‘On Monday night its success was celebrated at a gala dinner for staff, governors, fellows and guests from its past and its present.’
      • ‘She was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and at the University of Washington in Seattle.’
      • ‘Dr Newstead is a visiting fellow and temporary lecturer at the University of New South Wales.’
      • ‘She's also one of the associate fellows of integrated medicines who had MS and is now apparently free of the disease.’
      • ‘Another popular topic among the fellows was the disparity between the rich and poor in the United States.’
      • ‘From 1973 until retirement he was a senior fellow in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.’
      • ‘Essis was a senior fellow at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University in 2003-04.’
      • ‘Jay P. Greene is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.’
      • ‘He was a senior fellow in Near Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College.’


  • Sharing a particular activity, quality, or condition with someone or something.

    ‘they urged the troops not to fire on their fellow citizens’
    • ‘Therefore when I see these values shared by my fellow citizens, that strengthens me.’
    • ‘Can we remain human when we relegate the majority of our fellow citizens to inhumane conditions?’
    • ‘He's met his share of resistance from fellow servants.’
    • ‘I am a regular reader and would like to share my views with fellow readers.’
    • ‘Mr Bursell's experiences were shared by fellow Yorkshireman Andrew Jenkins.’
    • ‘The festival also offered the chance to talk with fellow readers and share reading recommendations.’
    • ‘Youngsters meet with fellow students who share the same faith for sessions run by a tutor, also of the same faith.’
    • ‘Viewers were asked to decide on who best coped with conditions and fellow competitors.’
    • ‘Chris Falls, who has 25 years in the industry, is keen to improve the wages and conditions of his fellow shearers and other pastoral workers.’
    • ‘Better yet, bring some treats to share with your fellow voters.’
    • ‘I have a few burning national issues to share with my fellow countrymen and women.’
    • ‘Sometimes I pass a fellow lost soul and exchange a nod of acknowledgement but this is a big maze and it seems to swallow people up.’
    • ‘She meets Robert, a dentist, whose life appears conventional, but is in fact a fellow lost soul.’
    • ‘Do atheists believe that calling their fellow man a ‘fool’ will put them in danger of being sent to hell?’
    • ‘I'd want to help my fellow man out but why would I support them when I don't see them supporting me?’
    • ‘He said he did not walk away from the discussion because he had a ‘biblical duty’ to show his fellow man the correct way.’
    • ‘His fellow crew men did not raise the alarm until the Monday morning as they thought he had stayed on the Spanish vessel.’
    • ‘Locating food for the dogs was a daily exercise in resourcefulness that involved a network of friends, relatives and fellow dog lovers.’
    • ‘Bush and his regime are businesspeople, who are doing business with fellow, powerful businesspeople in other parts of the world.’
    • ‘I met one fellow soldier the day he arrived in camp, fully trained.’


Late Old English fēolaga ‘a partner or colleague’ (literally ‘one who lays down money in a joint enterprise’), from Old Norse félagi, from fé ‘cattle, property, money’ + the Germanic base of lay.