des·​ig·​nee ˌde-zig-ˈnē How to pronounce designee (audio)
: one that is designated

Examples of designee in a Sentence

the President's designees for Cabinet positions the director or a designee shall sign the report
Recent Examples on the Web After the pre-disciplinary hearing, the chief or a chief’s designee would write an opinion on the final discipline for the officer, and the officer may appeal the decision. Hannah Pinski, The Courier-Journal, 25 Mar. 2024 President of the Howard County Farm Bureau, or their designee. President of Howard Community College, or their designee. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 24 Jan. 2024 Of course, all administrations coordinate closely with Capitol Hill to enact their agenda, but the designee for Trump will be especially consequential because of his at times erratic behavior compared to his predecessors. USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2024 One member would be the head of the Colorado Department of Transportation or a designee. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Katie Ingram, a teacher at Washington Elementary, will serve as administrative designee in Denson’s absence, Symonds said. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Lynching Truth and Reconciliation, Inc., or their designee. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 24 Jan. 2024 At the time, Jackson was home-schooled and would have needed permission from the principal or a designee to attend, according to the report. Sabby Robinson, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2024 Certifications are valid for four years, at which point the designees would have to reapply to maintain the title. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of designee was in 1899

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“Designee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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