de·​vi·​see ˌde-və-ˈzē How to pronounce devisee (audio)
: one to whom a devise of property is made

Examples of devisee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That can obviously set up some interesting, and potentially uncomfortable, situations for both the devisee and your surviving spouse. Dallas News, 20 Feb. 2022 When a person dies, his claim passes to his heirs or devisees, subject to the administration of his estate. Virginia Hammerle, Dallas News, 26 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of devisee was in 1543

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“Devisee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition


: one to whom a devise of property is made compare heir, legatee, next of kin

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