re·​turn·​ee | \ ri-ˌtər-ˈnē How to pronounce returnee (audio) \

Definition of returnee

: one who returns especially : one returning to the U.S. after military service overseas

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Recent Examples on the Web Sophomore Erica Lei is the other returnee from the last year’s team. Patrick Z. Mcgavin,, "Emma Kirvan wants to lead caravan of Naperville North golfers back to 2A state meet: ‘Her determination and work ethic will drive the team.’," 14 Aug. 2020 Tombong Kuyateh, a returnee and YAIM member, told CNN that the association visits schools to share experiences with students who may be thinking about migrating. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "He almost died migrating to Europe. Now he is warning other Gambians about it," 26 Aug. 2020 The Dukes took third at the Class 3A state meet last season with Hill the only returnee from that squad. Gregg Voss,, "COVID-19 brings pods, social distancing and the unknown to boys and girls cross country; ‘If there’s not a state series, it would be a bummer'," 23 Aug. 2020 Anthony Knox at the other end, is another returnee, and Amaurion Green will help us on the edges. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Dawson seems stocked for another playoff run," 19 Aug. 2020 Kinnaird will be the experienced returnee who gets a lot of the snaps this season. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Here's a first look at Louisville football's preseason depth chart," 7 July 2020 Sixth-year returnee Shaun Crawford and junior TaRiq Bracy are the only other corners with any college experience of significance. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "As Notre Dame's workouts begin, here's a stab at Brian Kelly's to-do list," 23 June 2020 So another all-returnee edition is certainly overdue. Dalton Ross,, "Why another Big Brother: All-Stars makes sense," 9 June 2020 Most of those returnees came with foreign passports in their back pocket, however, ready to flee again if things took a negative turn. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong marks Tiananmen massacre for what many fear will be the last time," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of returnee

1944, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2020

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“Returnee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of returnee

: someone who returns to a place or activity especially : someone who returns to a country after being in another country in prison, in military service, etc.

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