ded·​i·​ca·​tee ˌde-di-kə-ˈtē How to pronounce dedicatee (audio)
: one to whom a thing is dedicated

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Casale says the band received his permission to use the poem at the time, in addition to that of the poem’s dedicatee, actress Jodie Foster, whom Hinckley Jr. was obsessed with, on the promise Devo wouldn’t endorse his actions. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 28 Oct. 2021 With Lewis playing trombone, organ and electronics, his austere then emotive work managed to honor its dedicatee by generating new stylistic possibilities within an existing tradition — just as Parker had done. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Of the nearly 50 photographs, only four feature women: Smith, Yoko Ono (with Lennon), Fran Lebowitz (Robinson’s good friend and the book’s dedicatee) and Lady Gaga. Elizabeth Hand, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2020 The great Russian cellist was, of course, the work’s dedicatee and chief proponent, and every soloist who came after him is faced with the task of recreating it in his or her own interpretive image. John Von Rhein,, 15 June 2018 His colossal third piano concerto offers such enormous challenges that its dedicatee, Josef Hofmann, never ventured to perform it. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, 18 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dedicatee was circa 1770

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“Dedicatee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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