re·​tir·​ee ri-ˌtī-ˈrē How to pronounce retiree (audio)
: 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 However, not every retiree is the same, and for some retirees, their expenses can go up instead of down. Andrew Rosen, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The large number of retirements is troubling, said some House members and staffers, because the retirees include veteran lawmakers considered to be workhorses of Congress by their peers. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 27 Nov. 2023 At that time, the retiree begins receiving their monthly pension benefit as well as a payment from the DROP account. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 It’s commonly reported that retirees are, on average, the wealthiest cohort of Americans. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 Most of the retirees advocating more notice were from academia and government, where careers are long, change is slow and hiring qualified replacements is lengthy and complex. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Conventional wisdom holds that retirees are financially better off delaying their Social Security benefits to get a fatter payout. Debbie Carlson, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2023 Those benefits go primarily to retirees but also to people with disabilities, as well as dependents of deceased beneficiaries. Marley Jay, NBC News, 14 Nov. 2023 As for the absolute cheapest place to live, that would be Jackson, Mississippi, where a retiree can expect a total monthly expenditure of $2,159. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retiree was in 1935

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“Retiree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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re·​tir·​ee ri-ˌtī-ˈrē How to pronounce retiree (audio)
: a person who has retired from a job or profession

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