[ ap-uh-lee ]
/ ˌæp əˈli /

noun Law.

the defendant or respondent in an appellate proceeding.

Origin of appellee

1525–35; < Anglo-French, Old French apelé, past participle of apeler to appeal; see -ee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for appellee


/ (ˌæpɛˈliː) /


law a person who is accused or appealed against

Word Origin for appellee

C16: from Old French apele summoned; see appeal
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Word Origin and History for appellee



1530s, from Anglo-French (late 14c.), from Old French apelé (Modern French appelé) "accused, defendant," noun use of past participle of appeler "to call, address;" see appeal + -ee.

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