American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that receives or benefits from a specified action: addressee.
- n. One that possesses a specified thing: mortgagee.
- n. One that performs a specified action: absentee.
- n. One resembling: goatee.
- n. A particular, especially a diminutive kind of: bootee.
- n. One connected with: bargee.
- n. Added to verbs to form words meaning a person or thing that is the object of that verb (ie, to whom or to which an action is done).
- n. Less commonly added to verbs to form words meaning a person or thing that is the subject of that verb (ie, who or that does an action), especially where a passive sense of the verb is implied.
- n. law Used to form words meaning a person who is the other party to a contract involving a person described by the corresponding word ending in -or
- n. medicine Used to form words meaning a person who has undergone a particular medical procedure
- n. Irregularly added to nouns to mean a person somehow associated with the object denoted by the noun.
- n. Used to form diminutives.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A suffix used, chiefly in law terms, in a passive signification, to indicate the direct or indirect object of an action, or the one
to whoman act is doneor on whoma right is conferred; as in assign ee, don ee, alien ee, grant ee, etc. It is correlative to -or, the agent or doer.
- Perhaps a variation on -ie and -y (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French -e, -ee, past participle suff., from Latin -ātus; see -ate1.Variant of -y1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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