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    Meaning of "colleague"

    While a colleague can technically be any coworker in any occupation, this word is normally reserved for doctors, academics, researchers and scientists.

    The above is from an English work usage book.

    I have been taught that my colleague is someone who works in the same place of work as me.

    Do native speakers share the view of the writer?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Meaning of "colleague"

    I don't restrict "colleague" to the listed categories.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Meaning of "colleague"

    I would say GS is a colleague (Ems too!), but we certainly don't work at the same place.

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