de·​tain·​ee | \ di-ˌtā-ˈnē How to pronounce detainee (audio) , ˌdē- \

Definition of detainee

: a person held in custody especially for political reasons

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Recent Examples on the Web Also among the protesters was 47-year-old Julie Moreno, who is the mother-in-law of ICE detainee Misael Trujillo. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "'We're the laughingstock of the world': Puente holds 4th of July protest in front of Phoenix ICE office," 5 July 2020 Meanwhile, immigration boss Claire (Asher Keddie) engages in an endless finger-pointing battle with Barton general manager Brian (Darren Gilshenan), as the two agencies seek to shift blame for the latest detainee disaster. Kristen Baldwin,, "Yvonne Strahovski stuns in Netflix's detention drama Stateless: Review," 2 July 2020 The report alleged that a detainee died and there was a mumps outbreak. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "New ICE immigrant prison proposed in Michigan stirs debate," 7 June 2020 The Long Creek Youth Development Center is testing all staff and residents for the new coronavirus after a youth detainee tested positive for the virus. USA TODAY, "Vaccine research, firework plans, school rules: News from around our 50 states," 27 May 2020 The new survivors, including Leo, a corrupt congressman Levy and his aid Cristina, a cop named Robson, and their detainee Teresa are dealing with a broadcast Ana put out for other survivors detailing instructions on how to reach the studio. Rachel Paige,, "Let Us Walk You Through The Bonkers Ending Of Netflix’s Reality Z," 11 June 2020 Voluntary vaccinations were made available to the entire detainee population and the staff of the facility. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "New ICE immigrant prison proposed in Michigan stirs debate," 7 June 2020 Over the past four years the share of Americans who correctly say the police are likelier to use excessive force on a black than a white detainee has almost doubled. The Economist, "Lexington Far worse than Nixon," 4 June 2020 More: Michigan has more immigrant detainees, inmates with coronavirus The increase in coronavirus cases has caused concern among immigrant advocates. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "93 inmates or staff at immigrant prison in Michigan tested positive for coronavirus," 22 May 2020

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First Known Use of detainee

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of detainee was circa 1928

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9 Jul 2020

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“Detainee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of detainee

: a person who is being kept in a prison especially for political reasons : a person who is being detained


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Legal Definition of detainee

: a person who is detained especially : a person held in custody prior to trial or hearing

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