[ab-suh n-tee]


a person who is absent, especially from work or school.
a person who absents himself or herself, as a landowner who does not live on certain property owned or a voter who is permitted to cast a ballot by mail.

Origin of absentee

First recorded in 1530–40; absent + -ee
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Related Words for absentees

escapee, truant, absentee, quitter, bolter

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British Dictionary definitions for absentees



  1. a person who is absent
  2. (as modifier)an absentee voter
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Word Origin and History for absentees



1530s, from absent (v.) + -ee.

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