[ad-re-see, uh-dre-see]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for addressee

Contemporary Examples of addressee

  • Even when we are not the addressee but a later reader, they make us feel that we are members of a fortunate audience.

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    The Best of Brit Lit

    Peter Stothard

    April 5, 2011

Historical Examples of addressee

  • 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

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
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Word Origin and History for addressee

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

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