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[ad-re-see, uh-dre-see]
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  1. the person, company, or the like to whom a piece of mail is addressed.
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Origin of addressee

An Americanism dating back to 1670–80; address + -ee
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Historical Examples

  • All printed matter (periodicals and other) should be delivered to the addressees.

    The Russian Turmoil

    Anton Ivanovich Denikin

  • Full information on what is known of each of the addressees will be found in the introductions to the poems in the commentary.

  • The anecdotes dealing with the reception of these letters by their addressees are all fabulous in character.

British Dictionary definitions for addressees


  1. a person or organization to whom a letter, parcel, etc, is addressed
  2. a person who is addressed in conversation, a speech, a poem, etc
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Word Origin and History for addressees



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

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