from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The position or function of a trustee.
  • n. Administration of a territory by a country or countries so commissioned by the United Nations.
  • n. See trust territory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The position or office of being a trustee.
  • n. A United Nations trust territory or its administration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office or duty of a trustee.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office or functions of a trustee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the position of trustee
  • n. a dependent country; administered by another country under the supervision of the United Nations


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