trustee

noun
trust·​ee | \ ˌtrə-ˈstē How to pronounce trustee (audio) \

Definition of trustee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a natural or legal person to whom property is legally committed to be administered for the benefit of a beneficiary (such as a person or a charitable organization)
b : one (such as a corporate director) occupying a position of trust and performing functions comparable to those of a trustee
2a : one to whom something is entrusted
b : a country charged with the supervision of a trust territory
3 : trusty

trustee

verb
trusteed; trusteeing

Definition of trustee (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to commit to the care of a trustee

intransitive verb

: to serve as trustee

Examples of trustee in a Sentence

Noun They were named as trustees to the child's estate. the museum's board of trustees
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sutphen is also an independent director for Pattern Energy and a trustee of Putnam Mutual Funds. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: WMG Beefs Up Catalog Team, Industry Vet Boards Looped," 19 Feb. 2021 Yaz Hernández, a trustee of FIT, was in Palm Beach when the March 2020 lockdown began. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "Why A Younger Generation is Suddenly Rushing to Palm Beach," 17 Feb. 2021 The lawsuit was brought by Tim, along with George Cushing, a trustee of trusts established for Tim and John. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, "Sons sue Duxbury beer baron Jerry Sheehan, claim he tapped company funds for personal use," 3 Jan. 2021 In 2019, the Guerrilla Girls posted an ad on a phone booth across the street from MoMA that called on the museum to oust Mr. Black as well as the hedge fund manager Glenn Dubin, another trustee, both of whom have MoMA galleries named after them. New York Times, "Amid Epstein Revelations, Leon Black Remains Chairman of MoMA," 27 Jan. 2021 The White House said the pardon was backed by several businesspeople, including L.A. developer Geoff Palmer, but also investor Thomas J. Barrack, a USC alumnus and a university trustee, which drew shock at the campus and beyond. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, "Fingerpointing, outrage after Trump pardons USC father in college admission scandal," 21 Jan. 2021 Brandt’s new will removed Jessica Brandt, his wife of nine years, as trustee, a decision that casts doubt on control of the family business once the estate assets are placed into the trust. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "Ray Brandt's widow sues Rummel principal Marc Milano for defamation," 22 Dec. 2020 Diaz will again become the board’s only male trustee, its only Hispanic and its youngest member. Andres Picon, ExpressNews.com, "Judson ISD board appoints trustee who just left," 15 Dec. 2020 The government fund is separate from the repayment process being overseen by a trustee, Irving Picard, in federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan. Erik Larson, Bloomberg.com, "Madoff Victims Worldwide Set to Get $488 Million in U.S. Payout," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But trustee Elizabeth Limon moved to designate Walsh Gallegos for all the district’s legal responsibilities, cutting out Sanchez and Wilson altogether. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "State-appointed conservator tells Harlandale ISD to hire its old lawyers back — and trustees are baffled," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of trustee

Noun

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of trustee was in 1636

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“Trustee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trustee. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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trustee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trustee

: a person or organization that has been given responsibility for managing someone else's property or money through a trust
: a member of a group that manages the money of an organization

trustee

noun
trust·​ee | \ ˌtrə-ˈstē How to pronounce trustee (audio) \

Kids Definition of trustee

: a person who has been given legal responsibility for someone else's property

trustee

noun
trust·​ee | \ ˌtrəs-ˈtē How to pronounce trustee (audio) \

Legal Definition of trustee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one to whom something is entrusted : one trusted to keep or administer something: as
a : a member of a board entrusted with administering the funds and directing the policy of an institution or organization
b : a country charged with the supervision of a trust territory
2a : a natural or legal person to whom property is committed to be administered for the benefit of a beneficiary (as a person or charitable organization) : the holder of legal title to property placed in a trust — compare cestui que trust, settlor
b : one (as a corporate director) occupying a position of trust and performing functions comparable to those of a trustee

Other Words from trustee

trusteeship noun

trustee

verb
trusteed; trusteeing

Legal Definition of trustee (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to commit to the care of a trustee

intransitive verb

: to serve as trustee

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