re·​turn·​ee | \ri-ˌtər-ˈnē \

Definition of returnee 

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

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Some notable returnees are Sui He, Shanina Shayk, Zuri Tibby, and Devon Windsor. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Where is the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018? Everything We Know So Far," 17 Sep. 2018 They’ll be interviewed by a surprise returnee to the Brainstorm Tech tent, our formerly-very-own Dan Primack. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "How Big Tech Is Dealing with the Big Backlash," 12 June 2018 Another returnee, former New Jersey Devils standout Ilya Kovalchuk, has donated money to a Russian cancer charity. Amie Ferris-rotman,, "At home in Russia, Alex Ovechkin brings out both love and resentment," 3 June 2018 But there were a number of talented returnees, such as senior attack Emily Curtis (68 goals, 37 assists), and her classmate, midfielder Celia Walsh (47 goals, 38 assists, 29 draw controls). Liam O’brien,, "Sticking with a three-team race in the Middlesex Liberty," 16 May 2018 Specifically, this would mean expanding work and educational opportunities in areas that receive more returnees. Micaela Sviatschi, Washington Post, "By deporting 200,000 Salvadorans, Trump may be boosting gang recruitment," 12 Feb. 2018 Also, keep an eye on which of the returnees looks improved in the less-glamorous role of run-blocking on the edge, a key to an improved run game this fall. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football: Spartans' spring game scouting report," 6 Apr. 2018 To make room for the two returnees, Trayce Thompson was designated for assignment and Jose Rondon was sent to Charlotte. Joe Knowles,, "White Sox activate Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia, designate Trayce Thompson for assignment," 22 June 2018 For example, Chernobyl is not a dead zone: its wildlife thrives (see picture), and many returnees have lived into ruddy old age, eating produce from the radioactive soil. The Economist, "Secrets and lies of the nuclear age," 7 June 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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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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