ad·​mit·​tee | \ ad-ˌmi(t)-ˈtē How to pronounce admittee (audio) \
plural admittees

Definition of admittee

: a person who is allowed to enter a place (such as a college or university) : a person who is admitted But the college can't know exactly how many will accept. Worse, it can't know which ones. In putting together its admittee list it took great pains to strike a balance—men and women, athletes and musicians, black and white, rich and poor.— James Fallows, The Atlantic, November 2003

First Known Use of admittee

1735, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for admittee

admit entry 1 + -ee entry 1

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“Admittee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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