re·​cip·​i·​ent ri-ˈsi-pē-ənt How to pronounce recipient (audio)
: one that receives : receiver
recipient adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Snakes and Newts The garter snake has long seen newts as a food source, and the newt has long seen the garter snake as a worthy recipient of its deadly toxin. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2023 Lehman is listed in the smart contract for the lookalike NFT collection as the recipient of 15% of the project’s profits, according to a spokesperson for Yuga Labs. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune Crypto, 6 Feb. 2023 Jennifer Coolidge holds up her certificate from The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, declaring her as the recipient of its 2023 Woman of the Year Award. Ivy Scott,, 4 Feb. 2023 On Wednesday, Wahl also was named as a recipient of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame's Colin Jose Media Award, which is presented to journalists who made long-term contributions to soccer in the United States. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2023 Kat Yen has been announced as the first recipient of La Jolla Playhouse’s 2023-24 Directing Fellowship. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2023 Hughes, the radio play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs, was selected as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting. Wayne G. Mcdonnell, Jr., Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 The Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Nelsonville, Ohio, is also listed as a grant recipient. Brenda Cain, cleveland, 16 Jan. 2023 The Visual Effects Society has named producer-screenwriter Gale Anne Hurd as the recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award. Michaela Zee, Variety, 4 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin recipient-, recipiens, present participle of recipere

First Known Use

1558, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recipient was in 1558

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Cite this Entry

“Recipient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​cip·​i·​ent ri-ˈsip-ē-ənt How to pronounce recipient (audio)
: one that receives
the recipient of many honors
recipient adjective

Medical Definition


re·​cip·​i·​ent ri-ˈsip-ē-ənt How to pronounce recipient (audio)
: an individual who receives biological material (as blood or an organ) from a donor
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