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[uh-sahy-nee, as-uh-nee]
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noun Law.
  1. a person to whom some right or interest is transferred, either for his or her own enjoyment or in trust.
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Origin of assignee

1275–1325; Middle English assigne < Middle French, noun use of past participle of assigner to assign; see -ee
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Historical Examples

  • I 'll make better terms for him than he 'll get by the assignee under the court.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly

    Charles James Lever

  • And no one, unless he has such an interest transferred to him, is an assignee.

  • Act the fifth and last, winding up the scene: Enter the assignee.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • The court held that the assignee should have the benefit of the covenant.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • The firm publishing (p. 316)the book was in the hands of an assignee.

British Dictionary definitions for assignee


  1. law a person to whom some right, interest, or property is transferred
  2. Australian history a convict who had undergone assignment
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Word Origin and History for assignee


early 15c., "one who is appointed to act for another," from Old French assigne, past participle of assignier (see assign).

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