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[ad-re-see, uh-dre-see] /ˌæd rɛˈsi, ə drɛˈsi/
the person, company, or the like to whom a piece of mail is addressed.
Origin of addressee
An Americanism dating back to 1670-80; address + -ee Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • However, many had to be marked, "addressee no longer with the army detachment."

  • The envelope had been torn in such manner that the name of the addressee was lacking.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Yes, if you or I, or any other reasonable being, were the addressee.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • Don't deliver this letter to any person other than the addressee, Mr. Postman.

  • But as no envelopes had been preserved they gave no clue to where the addressee had been at the time.

    The Sign of Silence William Le Queux
  • The excuse given for non-production of authority was that the addressee was asleep.

  • There is one addressee to whom I have not lifted up my eyes.

    The Debit Account

    Oliver Onions
  • Parcels, which are seldom received, are opened in the presence of the addressee.

  • I thundered in their own language, and in the form one addressee underlings.

British Dictionary definitions for addressee


a person or organization to whom a letter, parcel, etc, is addressed
a person who is addressed in conversation, a speech, a poem, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for addressee

1810; see address (v.) + -ee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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