leg·​a·​tee | \ ˌle-gə-ˈtē How to pronounce legatee (audio) \

Definition of legatee

: one to whom a legacy is bequeathed or a devise is given

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Examples of legatee in a Sentence

the couple had no children, so they declared their nephew their only legatee
Recent Examples on the Web Columbus was not, as is well-known to the ungrateful modern-day legatees of his conquest, a perfect man. John Hirschauer, National Review, "A Defense of Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day," 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. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "House prepares to send GOP tax bill to Donald Trump," 20 Dec. 2017 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, "GOP tax bill passes Senate as House prepares to send it to Trump," 20 Dec. 2017 But the children of OxyContin, its heirs and legatees, are many and various. Christopher Glazek, Esquire, "The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of legatee

1627, in the meaning defined above

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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 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of legatee

law : someone who receives money or property from a person who has died


le·​ga·​tee | \ ˌle-gə-ˈtē How to pronounce legatee (audio) \

Legal Definition of legatee

: one to whom a legacy is bequeathed — compare devisee, heir, next of kin, successor

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