pay·​ee | \ (ˌ)pā-ˈē How to pronounce payee (audio) \

Definition of payee

: one to whom money is or is to be paid The payee must endorse the back of the check.

Examples of payee in a Sentence

The payee must endorse the back of the check.
Recent Examples on the Web Urgent and long-term assistance to the homeless and at-risk families; meals; ID documentation; representative payee program; dental, medical and mental health services; job assistance and inner-city youth programs. Vandana Ravikumar, Dallas News, "Dallas Morning News Charities launches 35th fall campaign for nonprofits amid COVID-19 pandemic," 12 Nov. 2020 The aim was to trigger a bill or an audit when the IRS discovered the putative payee had not reported the income. Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, "Trumps on the Couch," 8 Sep. 2020 But like private insurance, when the employees turn into the payee, the other side of the transaction can get awfully stingy. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Tuberville was paid $5 million to quit. Now he says $600 is too much for you.," 6 Aug. 2020 In addition to a request for financial damages, the company has asked for a restraining order to prevent the insurance company from paying the claim’s value to Bovis and his wife without designating the landlord as a payee. Anna Kramer,, "Nick Bovis, Lefty O’Doul’s owner who pleaded guilty on fraud charges, also sued for unpaid rent," 13 July 2020 Under existing law, anybody and his brother could apply to be your rep payee. Virginia Hammerle, Dallas News, "Social Security and you: New Advance Designation for Representative Payee," 19 Apr. 2020 Further review found that someone had intercepted the check and changed the name of the payee to a female and had cashed the check. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 27 Apr. 2020 The Stewpot Urgent and long-term assistance for the homeless and at-risk families, meals, ID documentation, job assistance, inner-city youth programs, representative payee program, and dental, medical and mental health services. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "The Dallas Morning News Charities campaign ends with $1.3 million in donations," 7 Feb. 2020 Information about the check and the payee was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of payee

1758, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of payee was in 1758

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“Payee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of payee

technical : a person or organization that receives money : a person or organization that is paid


pay·​ee | \ ˌpā-ˈē How to pronounce payee (audio) \

Legal Definition of payee

: a person to whom money is to be or has been paid specifically : the person named in a bill of exchange, note, or check as the one to whom the amount is directed to be paid — compare drawee, drawer

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