ad·​dress·​ee | \ ˌa-ˌdre-ˈsē How to pronounce addressee (audio) , ə- \

Definition of addressee

: 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 And there were the details of the addressee, which could be another lead. CNN, 16 Apr. 2021 If an addressee could not collect his or her mail at the Post Office, Lincoln delivered it personally, according to a USPS account. David Beard, National Geographic, 20 Aug. 2020 This text had a phone number as the addressee and a typical name attached to it. cleveland, 15 Dec. 2019 Regular correspondence provides deeper knowledge of the addressees and is the source of fruitful controversies. Jean Birnbaum, Harper's magazine, 10 Mar. 2019 One of the poems’ addressees was Albertina Azócar, another Laura Arrué. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, 2 July 2018 Each section constitutes a crown or corona, typically a cyclical sequence of 14 sonnets connected by a single addressee or subject; the poems are linked by repeating the final line of the preceding poem as the first line of the succeeding sonnet. Walton Muyumba,, 14 June 2018 Approximately seven hours later, the owner of East Coast Custard, 22669 Lorain, reported finding several empty Amazon boxes with different addressees on the packing labels. Julie A. Short/special To,, 18 Jan. 2018 The term had a certain utility in business correspondence, when the martial status of a female addressee was unknown. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of addressee

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for addressee

address entry 1 + -ee entry 1

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20 Apr 2021

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“Addressee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of addressee

: the person to whom mail is addressed


ad·​dress·​ee | \ ˌa-ˌdres-ˈē How to pronounce addressee (audio) \

Kids Definition of addressee

: the person to whom something is addressed

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