adopt·​ee ə-ˌdäp-ˈtē How to pronounce adoptee (audio)
: one who is adopted

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Check out the gallery above for photos of more potential adoptees, and visit their website or Facebook page for more information on adopting. Joe Mutascio, The Indianapolis Star, 3 May 2023 According to the shelter, the healthy puppy is now ready to be adopted into his forever home, and prospective adoptees are encouraged to visit online for more information as well as a list of other pets seeking loving homes. Wendy Geller, Peoplemag, 22 Apr. 2023 Some people are deeply offended that an adoptee would write about their experience, but those things are not going to stop me. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2023 The Nanchang Project, which aims to reconnect adoptees with their families in China, [only just] had its first successful match. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2023 In addition to Lvova-Belova's five biological children, her family includes 18 adoptees. The Week Staff, The Week, 3 Apr. 2023 Something was happening among adoptees. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2023 There was a moment during the Q&A after Joy Ride’s SXSW premiere when an audience member told their own story as a Chinese adoptee living in the United States. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2023 One of his most recent slob-adoptees is Princess Olympia of Greece, whose neat blonde iteration is an enviable example of the style. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 24 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


adopt + -ee entry 1

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of adoptee was in 1804

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“Adoptee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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adopt·​ee ə-ˌdäp-ˈtē How to pronounce adoptee (audio)
: a person who is adopted

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