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

Examples of returnee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The notable returnee was Gumbs, who missed the past two practices. oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021 The Alabama commit is the other Super 12 returnee this season along with Harrell. Ben Thomas |, al, 18 Aug. 2021 Charbonnet and returnee Brittain Brown stand as one of the top backfield tandems in the conference. oregonlive, 16 June 2021 Biles, 24, is the only returnee from the 2016 Rio Games. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 And then, the biggest returnee of all, Sebastián Blanco. Kyle Pinnell For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 June 2021 The return process itself can also lessen a returnee's prospects for succesful reintegration. Frey Lindsay, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Saturday’s Genesys 300, a 212-lap race airing on NBC Sports and set to take the green flag at 7:45 p.m., will bring about the season-debuts of two IndyCar veterans and one returnee after a three-year dry-spell in the sport. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 1 May 2021 Because of rainwater runoff on the steep hillside over the centuries, these areas have built up a dense layer of chalk mixed with silt and spoil, like the ingrained grime of a returnee from sleepaway camp. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of returnee

1944, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2021

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“Returnee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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