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I know that 同事 means colleague, but I have seen 同儕 and 同僚 used in similar context. Below are random examples of each I found on google:

在同儕關係中彼此地位平等、較能相互學習。

由於他過度地自負,同僚們不喜歡他。

Are these words interchangeable? If not, how do their meaning differ? In what context is each word used?

Thanks in advance!

  • iciba:iciba: 侪[书] (同辈; 同类的人) fellows ; associates we; people like us 吾侪 同僚:associate ; colleague ; fellow official 同事: colleague ; co-worker ; workmate ; 同侪 bookish term meaning peer, see above therefore 同僚 refers to fellow bureaocrats( 官僚),government officials,senators , 同事 general widely used term for coworker – user6065 Apr 13 '15 at 5:57
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同事 is the most common, plain one. it simply means people you work with or people in the same company as you do. It could be used no matter it is a everyday conversation, a quite formal business meeting or a HR policy notice.

同儕(同侪) means peers or fellows. Strictly it should be used to refer people in the same generation of you, i.e. siblings or cousins. Nowadays, it is often used in the workplace or other contexts when a sense of fraternity is preferable.

同僚 also means colleague. But it's more often used in politic settings in the old times. Nowadays, it can be used in the workplace in general but I feel such usage is more common in Taiwan or Hong Kong than the mainland. Personally, it feels it's more appropriate for two managers call each other that than two interns do. Or you can say this one is more fancy than 同事.

Additionally, there is another word 同仁 which equals to 同人 also means colleague. They mean to refer the people who share something in common with you professionally. E.g. works in the same company or occupation. And it is a respectful term with a sense of fraternity. But it more often to be used as a collective term for a group of people rather than a specific person. So 一个同仁 is not very common.

  • In this context ,同仁 is more common than 同人。It means they have same goals or dreams, and they all work for it。So two persons in a multinational firm could call each other 同仁,even they don't know each other and never met. It is a CPC-less 同志。btw,ACG fans use 同人 frequently。 – wolfrevo Apr 14 '15 at 13:09
  • @Jacob True. Thanks for mentioning that. I forgot to say that. I didn't know 同仁 and 同人 are interchangeable in this sense until I cheked out my dictionary. Personally I'd only use 同仁 since 同人 has been heavily influenced by ACG subculture and bended as 同志 in gay community which could cause ambiguity in this modern international context. – user1228520 Apr 14 '15 at 13:48

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