leg·​a·​tee ˌle-gə-ˈtē How to pronounce legatee (audio)
: one to whom a legacy is bequeathed or a devise is given

Examples of legatee in a Sentence

the couple had no children, so they declared their nephew their only legatee
Recent Examples on the Web Since at least World War I, some legatees of Ivy League privilege have deployed their advantages to oppose injustices and support workers, often against these defectors’ own comfortable families’ and college classmates’ interests, and often at some risk to themselves. Jim Sleeper, The New Republic, 4 Sep. 2023 The couple whom Perry sees on the house tour are at once beneficiaries of the school’s past participation in slavery and legatees of an effort of historical recovery that Swarns’s book both chronicles and carries forward. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 27 June 2023 Trust Dylan, Eliot’s most intrepid legatee, to turn what others view as a monument into an action poem. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Sep. 2022 Their hosts were Walter Arensberg, a Pittsburgh steel heir, and his wife, Louise Stevens, an even wealthier Massachusetts textile-industry legatee. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Columbus was not, as is well-known to the ungrateful modern-day legatees of his conquest, a perfect man. John Hirschauer, National Review, 14 Oct. 2019 Under the bill, a couple could pass on up to $22 million in assets without their legatees having to pay the tax. Author: Jeff Stein, Damian Paletta, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Dec. 2017 But the children of OxyContin, its heirs and legatees, are many and various. Christopher Glazek, Esquire, 16 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1627, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of legatee was in 1627

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“Legatee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legatee. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


leg·​a·​tee ˌleg-ə-ˈtē How to pronounce legatee (audio)
: a person to whom a legacy is left

Legal Definition


le·​ga·​tee ˌle-gə-ˈtē How to pronounce legatee (audio)
: one to whom a legacy is bequeathed compare devisee, heir, next of kin, successor
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