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[dih-tey-nee, dee-tey-nee]
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  1. a person held in custody, especially for a political offense or for questioning.
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Origin of detainee

First recorded in 1925–30; detain + -ee
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Related Words for detainee

hostage, convict, captive, detainee, prisoner, slave, tough, culprit, lag, loser, con, jailbird, lifer, internee, yardbird, bondwoman, bondman, bondservant

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  • 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.

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