[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

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British Dictionary definitions for addressees



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 addressees



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

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