do·​nee ˌdō-ˈnē How to pronounce donee (audio)
: a recipient of a gift

Examples of donee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other discrepancies appeared in the reports, including one donee receiving a refund of more than what was donated. Journal Sentinel, 27 Jan. 2023 The ring must be returned to the donor, Grandmother, because the donee, her boyfriend, was at fault in terminating the engagement. Dallas News, 11 Dec. 2022 There was delivery of possession when Grandmother, the donor, handed the bag containing a doll, the subject matter of the gift, to Susie, the donee. Dallas News, 11 Dec. 2022 Legal: The gift was incomplete because Billy, the donee, refused to accept it. Dallas News, 11 Dec. 2022 The donee's share has to be at least the proportionate value the gift bears to the whole at that time. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Contribution limits for 529 Plans are the same as the federal annual gift tax exclusion, which is $15,000 per donor, per donee, per year as of 2020. Eric Brotman, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Limiting the annual gift amount to $30,000 per donor, rather than $15,000 per donee. Tom Cooney and Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, 4 May 2021 Meanwhile, the easement holders and donees, including the Maidu, are anxious to see the job done. Spencer Silva,, 24 June 2019 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of donee was in 1523

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Cite this Entry

“Donee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


do·​nee dō-ˈnē How to pronounce donee (audio)
: a recipient of biological material (as blood or a graft)

Legal Definition


do·​nee ˌdō-ˈnē How to pronounce donee (audio)
: one that receives or is granted something (as a gift or power)

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