re·​tir·​ee | \ ri-ˌtī-ˈrē How to pronounce retiree (audio) \

Definition of retiree

: a person who has retired from a working or professional career

Examples of retiree in a Sentence

a group of elderly retirees
Recent Examples on the Web Fifty-seven percent of retirees rely on Social Security as a major source of income, according to a 2018 Gallup poll. Washington Post, "Yes, the Social Security Administration should mail out paper statements again. Here’s why.," 9 Dec. 2019 Arizona has the fastest growing rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., in part because of the state's high number of retirees. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Sen. Martha McSally abruptly ends reporters' questions when asked about impeachment," 4 Nov. 2019 The grievances include the rising cost of higher education, healthcare, transportation, as well as the small pensions of retirees. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Chile may be the economic star of Latin America but its protests show that’s not enough," 25 Oct. 2019 That trend will slow economic growth and drive up government spending, as workers, a shrinking share of the population, support a rising share of retirees. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Gen Z and 5G could accelerate growth in U.S. next decade," 13 Oct. 2019 In August 2018, however, an investigation was launched into the possible theft of Farmer's annuity funds after his name turned up on a list of retirees over the age of 90 who had no health care claims filed in 10 years. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Man posed as dead mom for 25 years to collect her benefits," 2 Oct. 2019 What does that tell you, that the number of senators who are Republicans in general who have actually broken from the President really add up to a number of retirees? The New Yorker, "Cory Booker Considers His Presidential Prospects," 28 Sep. 2019 One pair of retirees, Ken and Judy Johnson, learned about these tests at a Fort Lauderdale arts festival. Jim Axelrod, Michael Kaplan, CBS News, "Dozens charged after CBS News exposes Medicare scam targeting seniors," 27 Sep. 2019 At a town hall meeting Thursday hosted by Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood in this upscale, suburban community, the congresswoman’s staff anticipated a healthy dose of questions about health care from the overflowing crowd of retirees. NBC News, "Suburban House Democrats find hunger for action on gun control back home," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of retiree

1935, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Retiree.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of retiree

US : someone who has permanently stopped working in a job or profession : a person who has retired

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