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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All returnees known to governments are on security watch lists. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Jihadists Behind Bars Pose New Threats for Europe," 9 Jan. 2019 Set apart by their American accents and clothing style, and unaccustomed to the much lower wages, many returnees view Mexico as a kind of exile. Kate Linthicum,, "This Mexico City restaurant is rescuing deportees with jobs and Texas barbecue," 9 May 2018 How many returnees John Calipari will have is in flux, but there will be at least some. Patrick Stevens,, "Way-too-early projection of the 2019 NCAA tournament field: Loyola the only team from Illinois again," 3 Apr. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Bayer and Jenny Craig are the only clear, big advertiser returnees, however, according to Nat Ives, WSJ, "Months After Some Marketers Pulled Out, ‘The Ingraham Angle’ Is Gradually Making Its Way Back," 21 Dec. 2018 All the women receiving honors this year are returnees, except Morris, who released her first album in June 2016. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "CMT's Artists of the Year Special Will Honor Only Women for the First Time Ever," 11 Sep. 2018 Authorities move to arrest returnees and sentenced for joining a terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, while others are released on parole and continue to be monitored by law enforcement. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Jihadists Behind Bars Pose New Threats for Europe," 9 Jan. 2019 The returnees have left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Fox News, "3 Americans freed from North Korea reunited with their families," 13 May 2018 Stories of returnees being labeled as sympathetic to the opposition and killed by pro-government militias haunt those thinking about going back home. Andrea Thomas, WSJ, "Germany Discusses Lifting Ban on Deporting Syrians," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of returnee

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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