li·​cens·​ee ˌlī-sᵊn(t)-ˈsē How to pronounce licensee (audio)
: one that is licensed

Examples of licensee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So 70 new licensees were awarded in 2021 because the Board of Pharmacy saw that there really weren’t enough dispensaries. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 29 Aug. 2023 The news also comes as Miss USA (and Miss Teen USA) announce a new licensee: Laylah Rose, the CEO of VIP Pageantry and founder of VVV Global Ent., has taken over as president and CEO. Michael Schneider, Variety, 3 Aug. 2023 Maintain clear communication with the licensee and address any issues or concerns promptly. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 16 June 2023 According to the application summaries on the AMCC website, the companies awarded licensees plan to operate a total of 36 dispensaries in 17 cities. Mike Cason |, al, 19 Aug. 2023 And Paramount Consumer Products touts 400 licensees for its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem film and 1,100 total for the franchise. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Aug. 2023 With a new licensee for Miss USA, there may also be other opportunities to expand the entire footprint in the U.S., Emmerich said. Michael Schneider, Variety, 3 Aug. 2023 The board also voted to ban the licensee from being involved in another licensed business in the city for a year. Brian Amaral,, 12 July 2023 The move follows a separate vote in May that allows licensed businesses to serve alcohol in outdoor seating areas that aren’t directly adjacent to the licensee. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 13 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of licensee was circa 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Licensee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Legal Definition


li·​cens·​ee ˌlīs-ᵊn-ˈsē How to pronounce licensee (audio)
: one to whom a license is given
a patent licensee
specifically : one (as a firefighter in the course of his or her duty) who is on the property of another by authority of law or by the consent or invitation of the possessor see also bare licensee, social guest compare invitee, trespasser

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