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  1. a proportional shoe width size narrower than EEE and wider than E.


  1. errors excepted.


  1. Early English.
  2. electrical engineer.
  3. electrical engineering.


  1. a suffix forming from transitive verbs nouns which denote a person who is the object or beneficiary of the act specified by the verb (addressee; employee; grantee); recent formations now also mark the performer of an act, with the base being an intransitive verb (escapee; returnee; standee) or, less frequently, a transitive verb (attendee) or another part of speech (absentee; refugee).

Origin of -ee

< French -é, (masculine), -ée (feminine), past participle endings < Latin -ātus, -āta -ate1
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noun plural een (iːn)
  1. a Scot word for eye 1


the internet domain name for
  1. Estonia


abbreviation for
  1. Early English
  2. electrical engineer(ing)
  3. (in New Zealand) ewe equivalent


abbreviation for
  1. errors excepted


suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating a person who is the recipient of an action (as opposed, esp in legal terminology, to the agent, indicated by -or or -er)assignee; grantee; lessee
  2. indicating a person in a specified state or conditionabsentee; employee
  3. indicating a diminutive form of somethingbootee

Word Origin

via Old French -e, -ee, past participial endings, from Latin -ātus, -āta -ate 1
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Word Origin and History for ee


word-forming element in legal English (and in imitation of it), representing the Anglo-French ending of pps. used as nouns. As these sometimes were coupled with agent nouns in -or, the two suffixes came to be used as a pair to denote the initiator and the recipient of an action.

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