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[truh-stee] /trʌˈsti/ Law.
a person, usually one of a body of persons, appointed to administer the affairs of a company, institution, etc.
a person who holds the title to property for the benefit of another.
(in New England) a garnishee.
a trusty.
verb (used with object), trusteed, trusteeing.
to place in the hands of a trustee or trustees.
(in New England) to garnish.
Origin of trustee
First recorded in 1640-50; trust + -ee
Can be confused
executor, trustee, trusty.
trustee, trusty. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was a commissioner, or a board, or a trustee, 'or something.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He was Chairman of this, trustee of that, President of the other.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • In a similar way I am, or I have been, trustee of one kind or other for scores of our customers.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • It was Judge Knowles' wish that you be my trustee, and, as you know, it was mine also.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I have seen Mr. Bradley and he has consented to act as trustee for me.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for trustee


a person to whom the legal title to property is entrusted to hold or use for another's benefit
a member of a board that manages the affairs and administers the funds of an institution or organization
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trustee

"person who is responsible for the property of another," 1640s, from trust (v.) + -ee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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