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 This text had a phone number as the addressee and a typical name attached to it. cleveland, "Bank customer loses $6,000 after clicking on fraudulent text," 15 Dec. 2019 Regular correspondence provides deeper knowledge of the addressees and is the source of fruitful controversies. Jean Birnbaum, Harper's magazine, "Republic of Letters," 10 Mar. 2019 One of the poems’ addressees was Albertina Azócar, another Laura Arrué. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 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,, "The right poetry collection for right now: Terrance Hayes' 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin'," 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,, "Officers find man 'huffing' in store restroom: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 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, "Sheila Michaels, who helped give women the option of ‘Ms.,’ dies at 78," 7 July 2017 Emoji enables us to better express tone and provide emotional cues; and in turn, our addressees are better able to interpret what the words are meant to convey. Vyvyan Evans, CNN, "The power of the emoji, Japan's most transformative modern design," 29 May 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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“Addressee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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) \

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: the person to whom something is addressed

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