[dih-tey-nee, dee-tey-nee]


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

Origin of detainee

First recorded in 1925–30; detain + -ee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for detainee

Contemporary Examples of detainee

Historical Examples of detainee

  • Whether this object has been attained or not is judged by the life and habits of the detainee on discharge.

    The Vagrancy Problem.

    William Harbutt Dawson

Word Origin and History for detainee

1928, from detain + -ee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper