ad·​dress·​ee ˌa-ˌdre-ˈsē How to pronounce addressee (audio)
: one to whom something is addressed

Examples of addressee in a Sentence

The addressee no longer lives here, so I've returned the letter to the post office.
Recent Examples on the Web The addressees are not always ordinary voters: officials could be singled out for subtle nudges, too. Katie Joseff, Foreign Affairs, 22 May 2020 While information said to include addressees, dates of birth, health insurance information, medical record numbers, patient account numbers and the names and dates of treatments were taken, Scripps said medical records remained private. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Dec. 2023 The intended addressee is unknown. Nr Editors, National Review, 20 Aug. 2020 The movement of the hand that holds the pen; the imprint of ink upon paper; the dignity and intimacy of the individual letter, written for a particular addressee (and hence so different from a blog or social-media post), without thought of other readers. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 Put addressee’s name and address inside the package. Marc Bona, cleveland, 1 Dec. 2022 Letters accept the absence of their addressee and the asynchrony of contact—and out of those constraints make another kind of presence possible. Kamran Javadizadeh, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 By July 2017, Anwar had rebooted his business, forming a new corporation with a new name and ceasing to use Nand—the FDA warning letter's sole addressee—as his principal investigator. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, 12 Oct. 2021 And there were the details of the addressee, which could be another lead. CNN, 16 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of addressee was in 1810

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“Addressee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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ad·​dress·​ee ˌad-ˌres-ˈē How to pronounce addressee (audio)
: one to whom mail is addressed

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