adopt·​ee | \ ə-ˌdäp-ˈtē How to pronounce adoptee (audio) \

Definition of adoptee

: one who is adopted

Examples of adoptee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Partly inspired by his own experiences, the drama follows a Korean adoptee raised in the United States who reckons with his cultural identity after facing deportation. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "The 15 Rising Stars Poised to Dominate 2021, From Indie Darlings to Marvel Superheroes," 29 Dec. 2020 The first recorded placement of an African American adoptee in a white home was in 1948. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘We’re not projects’: Transracial adoptees insist on being seen," 1 Dec. 2020 Sonali, for instance, an Indian adoptee in New Zealand, was born to a teenager in 1974. Bhavya Dore, Quartz, "Despite mixed results, south Asian adoptees turn to DNA tests," 20 Oct. 2020 The amount of messages from the LGBQT community, the Asian-American community, the Asian-American adoptee community, from kids struggling with their sexuality, drugs and alcohol. NBC News, "How 'Top Chef' winner Kristen Kish broke free from the culinary world's boys' club," 11 Sep. 2020 In 2016, Amanda Janssen, a Dutch adoptee pregnant with her first child, returned to Sri Lanka to search for her birth family. Bhavya Dore, Quartz, "Despite mixed results, south Asian adoptees turn to DNA tests," 20 Oct. 2020 One talented participant was Bristol teenager and Make-A-Wish/Johnson Brunetti adoptee Caitlin Hildebrand who performed the song Cups from the movie Pitch Perfect., "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 10 Sep. 2020 In all cases, the adoptee seemed to fit in relatively seamlessly with its new family, sometimes even engaging in playful behaviors and mimicking its newfound siblings. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight Things We’ve Learned About Moms Since the Last Mother’s Day," 8 May 2020 Chad Goller-Sojourner, a transracial adoptee, speaks about his experience as a Black man being raised by white parents. Natalie Minott, Glamour, "A Black Mom and a White Mom Discuss Raising Their Black Children in the South," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of adoptee

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adoptee

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“Adoptee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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adopt·​ee | \ ə-ˌdäp-ˈtē How to pronounce adoptee (audio) \

Legal Definition of adoptee

: a person who is adopted

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