re·​turn·​ee ri-ˌtər-ˈnē How to pronounce returnee (audio)
: one who returns
especially : one returning to the U.S. after military service overseas

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The 6-foot-5 Panek is the only returnee with significant varsity experience for the Blue Devils (15-15), who have finished over .500 just once since the 2013-14 season. Bobby Narang, Chicago Tribune, 8 Nov. 2022 With Rand and 7-1 returnee Moses Bol roaming the paint this season, UWM's interior defense should be formidable indeed as the Panthers seek a quick turnaround from their 10-22, 8-14 finish in 2021-22. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 19 Oct. 2022 Another key returnee is senior kicker Logan Chenette, who has been working with volunteer coach Jeremy Shelley, who won three national championships kicking at Alabama and is sixth on the Crimson Tide’s career scoring list. Colin Bannen,, 2 Oct. 2022 Another returnee affected by the rebuilding of this defense has been 2019 first-round pick Jerry Tillery, who last year started 15 games and played a career-high 79% of the defensive snaps. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 Emmy-winning returnee Jennifer Coolidge is joined by the likes of Aubrey Plaza, Michael Imperioli, and F. Murray Abraham, among others — gorgeous scenery, and the acidic wit of writer-director Mike White. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 24 Oct. 2022 Narbonne has confidence in 6-4 returnee Ryan Corley. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2022 Defensive coordinator Lou Spanos, who served as interim head coach for the final 10 games of 2021, is the only returnee. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 28 July 2022 Credit scenic designer Kyle Dixon, a frequent Music Theatre returnee. James Sullivan,, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of returnee was in 1944

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“Returnee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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re·​turn·​ee ri-ˌtər-ˈnē How to pronounce returnee (audio)
: one who returns

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