detainee

[ dih-tey-nee, dee-tey-nee ]
/ dɪˈteɪ ni, ˌdi teɪˈni /

noun

a person held in custody, especially for a political offense or for questioning.

Nearby words

  1. detail drawing,
  2. detailed,
  3. detailer,
  4. detailing,
  5. detain,
  6. detainer,
  7. detect,
  8. detectable,
  9. detection,
  10. detective

Origin of detainee

First recorded in 1925–30; detain + -ee

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Word Origin and History for detainee

detainee

n.

1928, from detain + -ee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper