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noun Law.
  1. a person to whom a gift is made.
  2. a person who has a power of appointment in property.
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Origin of donee

First recorded in 1515–25; don(or) + -ee
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Historical Examples

  • In order for a gift to be effective there must be a giver or donor, and a receiver or donee.

    The Harp of God

    J. F. Rutherford

  • The title to the property passes to the purchaser or donee at once or at some future stipulated time.

  • In making presents, as after returning from war, the donor can mention the name of the donee.

  • The grant is without consideration: the donee is merely described, to prevent the donation from going to a wrong person.

  • For this they allowed him, with the consent of the Donee, the church perquisites, then worth about 12 per annum.

British Dictionary definitions for donee


noun law
  1. a person who receives a gift
  2. a person to whom a power of appointment is given
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Word Origin

C16: from don (or) + -ee
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Word Origin and History for donee


1520s; see donor + -ee.

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